John Champion shares the latest:
This will be a long process and this cutting is the first step. I did point out the plantings on the east side of the pond that he needed to be careful around and he seemed confident that he would cause no collateral damage. For an example of what the result may be, you could take a look at the area next to the river on the south side of route 34. The view of the river has been restored and the open area is a big improvement.
Other information this week-Terry Contracting has begun to move equipment into place on route 1 in preparation to start investigating the concrete apron at the tide gates. This apron was installed at the time that the original tide gates were built and Terry has to work around it in some way to install the coffer dam. They have also completed submittals for the 48” stainless steel pipes which are now ordered. All of the submittals for the DOT permit have been submitted and we expect that the steel for the cofferdams is going to be delivered this week and next week.
Schumack construction (the contractor at the Duck Pond) has installed a silt fence on the west side of the river in preparation for the delivery of soil to build up the area that may too low to prevent some minor flooding of the soccer fields. They intend to grade that area next week when/if the ground freezes so that access area is not chewed up and damages the field. MMI inspected the layout of the pathway and boardwalk this week and requested that the surveyor return and stake out the center line of the path is several additional areas. The City Plan Dept, Parks and MMI have approved a change in design to the railing of the boardwalk so that it is less bulky and will require less maintenance. CFE will negotiate these changes with Schumack.