The two southern-most dikes needed for Craney Island Marine Terminal’s development are now above water level, poking through the Elizabeth River’s low-tide line in early February.
In 2010, dredge contractors began pumping sand for the dikes. When completed in mid-to-late March, the dikes will be 2,000 feet long, 500 feet wide and 10 feet tall. After that, the next phase of work will be to connect those dikes at their ends with a long dike that runs parallel to the shore, creating a rectangular shape (as viewed from above) with the shore line as one of its long sides. A second cell will be developed and filled at a later date.
The work will result in the creation of a 600-acre foundation for Craney Island Marine Terminal (video) at the Port of Virginia. It could open within 12 to 15 years.