Christian Yonkers, a reporter for the J-Ad family of local newspapers, visited with Mark Englerth, Deb Mousseau (from Yankee Springs Twp), Chad Mencarelli (Project Manager), and myself as we toured the Cuddy and looked at the progress so far! I snapped a few photos; so here’s my update (and I’m excited to see Christian’s story – this project is really an amazing example of cooperation between citizens and the local government!):
It’s hard to see, but the new, longer, light-green gas line is suspended and protected by a huge I-beam; and the first of the downstream support beams have been driven into the channel, getting ready for the new bridge.
Downstream, the Island Dr channel has been rough-dredged; and at the moment, they are working on the lower Cuddy near the marina, because the tugboat has an mechanical issue. They’re moving the bathtub that hauls the sediment, with the excavators! (I’m just blown away by what those massive machines can delicately do!)
(Sorry about the blurry picture) This is the downstream end of the Sedimentation Basin – it’s defined by a weir that will keep the creek from “Head cutting” (washing out the downstream side until the bottoms are equal). It’s deep on the right; then the normal shallow depth for the creek on the left. The banks on both sides of this basin will be shored-up with rip-rap. Trees were cut to create the access road; and while I hate to lose trees – the added sunlight should help reduce any e-coli lurking about, and that was always one of the long-term goals!
This is the rip-rap, otherwise known as big rocks. It prevents erosion; and once grown over with vegetation, is hardly noticeable. Now that the Sedimentation Basin is in place, it will catch any sand that washes down from upstream mediation along Timber Creek Dr, which is heavily eroded. That area too, will get rip-rapped. Another long-term goal met!
I forgot to take a picture of the debris barrier (a simple-but-solid vertical grate protected by more rip-rap) – it is positioned about 50 yards upstream from the Patterson Bridge, so should be easy to monitor (and clear) from the easement road created on the south side of the Cuddy. Yet another long-term goal met!
I think it’s exciting, to see all the goals, ideas, and drawings from the last 3 years, finally turned into reality!