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VIDEO: Pipe flushing on 61st Street at the Oceanfront

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Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-22 15:43:56-04

On Monday, Virginia Beach Public Works announced that crews are now inspecting and surveying the 61st Street Ocean Outfall.

There will be a number of all terrain vehicles traveling on and off the beach at 61st Street, so the hours of operation will be restricted to daylight hours only for safety reasons.

The project includes survey control coordination, pipe flushing and pipe inspection with remotely operated vehicles. The contractors for the work are MMM Design Group, Waterway Surveys and Engineering, Ltd., and Collins Engineers.

Work will begin on Monday and is scheduled to be completed by August 14, 2013 – weather permitting.

NewsChannel 3 spoke with Esther Dornin of Virginia Beach Public Works. She talks about the 61st Street pump station project (video above).

"It's been a year since we finished the construction on the 61st Street pump station. The pump station has a 48-inch pipe that runs 1,800 feet into the ocean. We are going to do an inspection on the pipe, an inspection on the bedding that's on top of the pipe. We're going to run a camera through the pipe. The news release was sent out because the public may see some vehicles associated with this on the beach. Maybe some water discharge from it. It will be a minor inconvenience, if any at all."

Check back on WTKR.com for updates on this project as they are released.