Dan Fredricks says that Patterson is done being paved; but the contractor who is installing the guardrails, will do that Monday Nov 28th. Once the guardrails are in, the road will opened!!! YAY!!
Keep in mind there’s still some work being done in that area: AT&T will relocate some lines; and rock riffles and erosion control will be done to the Cuddy, so there could still be temporary disruption through that area.
A big Thank You to my sister Leslie, who took this photo for me! That is definitely a steamroller I see; plus a dredger; and the Cuddy is flowing UNDER it, not around.
I’m sure everyone will think this is the most beautiful picture ever!!!
1.) Dan Fredricks asked me to post a request (and this is a no-brainer, folks! Don’t make me go all “Mom” on you.) – STAY OUT OF THE WORK AREAS. If you want to look at the work sites, stay back away from the equipment and where they are working, whether there’s a crew there or not. If you see people too close to the work site after the workers have left – you have my permission to yell at them.
2.) Also, the cute little tugboat that moved the barge around, had some mechanical issues. In order to keep the dredging moving along, Gro America started to dredge downstream from the marina, simply because they were using the excavators to move the filled barge back to the unloading point. The tugboat is now repaired and back at it, so the dredgers are moving upstream on the Cuddy, as originally planned. They are NOT done dredging the downstream section – they will return to that once the upper section is done.
The bridge contractor (and Mark Englerth) said there would be springs under the old culverts, and now that the tubes have been removed, by golly, there they are!
I am standing on the NE intersection of the Cuddy and Patterson, looking south. There’s a sheet-piling “dam” in the center of the picture – this is the downstream side, where the Cuddy leaves the pumping system upstream, intended to keep the work area dry for the box culvert placement
Here’s our Bridge (it was gently explained to me by one of the workers that this is a “Box Culvert” – a bridge is a bridge, like you see over the Grand River). The 2 long narrow rectangles are the support structures; the taller piece behind them, is the box culvert turned on its opening.
Now I’m on the NW corner, looking back toward the east. This hole is where the old culverts used to be; and it’s supposed to be dry, thanks to another sheet-piling dam upstream and 3 massive diesel pumps that are moving the Cuddy’s water around the worksite. But as you can see, the Cuddy is creating a nice little lake, from springs on the north and south sides, plus to the west. Well, crud.
This is one of those things that was known, but of course you never know the extent until you open everything up. So the bottom line is that the work is moving along – but not as fast as everyone had hoped. The latest word is that AT&T should have moved a utility line today; the box culvert should be placed either this Friday, or early next week (I’m guessing it depends on how the pesky springs cooperate?). They hope to pave the week of the 21st; and hopefully the road will open a week later?
Don’t shoot me – I’m just the messenger (with the same muddy car as the rest of Gun Lake’s residents….LOL!) The great news is that the forecast for the next 8 days is for mostly-DRY weather!!
OK – here’s the gist of the last talk I had with Chad Mencarelli (Project Manager) about dredging. (And I will ask him to read this for accuracy)
Originally, when we were talking about hydraulic dredging (sucking up the muck and sediment), Dan Fredrick’s plans showed them dredging within 2′ of the seawalls. Later, Gro America changed to mechanical dredging, saving us $82,000 (I think that was the number?) – plus the sediment they are removing is going to reclaim a gravel pit. Definitely win/win.
The property that was leased for a year for the dredging spoils, is where the sand from the newly-opened Sedimentation Basin has been put (or will be once the farm’s fields dry out?) That leaves the property leased permanently, open to receive spoils from cleaning out the Sed Basin in the future years.
Right now, the dredgers are doing rough dredging – to open the channel for navigation. My understanding is that they will go back and “polish things up” – smoothing out the “steps” they are dredging at the moment. They will dredge 3 to 4′ from the seawalls, and the water will be 2′ deep, 6′ from the seawall. The reason they are dredging a little farther out is because that big bucket shakes the ground (and probably creates suction) as it takes a bite. Chad is monitoring the dredging using some pretty techie-looking electronics (Dan says it’s bathymetric scanning); don’t forget that there are penalties in place for not doing the job properly.
Chances are pretty good, that as the spring high-waters get moving through the channels, they will take some of the upper sediment along with it, and sort of fill in the low spots. But if someone wants less sediment at the edge of their seawall, they will have to move it out into the channel before the dredger goes through.
The other change to the original plans: due to the massive size of the barges supporting the excavator, the channels are being cut a little deeper and a little wider than first proposed – the navigable section will be 20′ wide by 5′ deep. Yay!
I will not be able to attend this meeting – I’m assuming its purpose is to pay bills and discuss any issues that have popped up? The public is always welcome!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Allegan County Drain Office
113 Chestnut Street, Allegan, Michigan