Boaters have access to a Woodbridge waterway once again.
Neabsco Creek has reopened.
Supervisor Frank Principi spoke about the project at a ribbon cutting ceremony that was hosted at Hampton’s Landing Marina on Thursday.
“This is quite a feat, not only just to help the dozen or so businesses and the couple dozen jobs that we have here but to also expand it, and that’s a real legacy of this project,” he said.
Last April, Neabsco Creek’s silting issue led the United States Coast Guard to replace navigation signs in the channel with danger signs.
They were asked to reconsider their actions.
Additionally, community members and representatives requested a study be conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for maintaining the waterway and lacked necessary funding.
The Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) provided up to $750,000 for the work.
In the fall, officials started removing millions of pounds of soil from the channel, a project that was completed in February.
Multiple agencies were involved with the project, according to Principi.
“We really brought everybody together in the community to figure out how we were going to accomplish the dredging,” he added.
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