Current and Upcoming Construction Activity: Aug. 12, 2010
3 are closed for the time being because the roads are in disrepair. This fall, bow hunting will be allowed within these pools; however, you may have to walk a little farther than usual.
HWY C Structure
The culvert at Highway C will be replaced this fall as we collaborate with MODOT. This work is slated to begin and end in October and will require a detour using the surrounding gravel roads. We’ve communicated the importance of a swift project completion to MODOT, as there will be an influx of pre-dawn traffic come November. We all realize that handling a detour at 3:30 a.m. on the way to the waterfowl draw is not on anyone’s to-do list. We’ll try to prevent this from happening.
What are the immediate implications for Duck Creek? At this point, local traffic along Highway C will be diverted during October as MODOT replaces the culvert.
New Scopes of Work
All right, let’s get to some better news. Some of you may have noticed that at last month’s MDC Commission meeting a construction contract was approved for work at Duck Creek. So what does it involve and when will it start? We will be putting in three structures with this contract. Work will begin this month.
Ditch 1/111 Structure
The bridge/structure on the west side of Pool 1 that goes over Ditch 1/111 and leads to Unit A will be replaced. The new structure will be wider and will not have a middle support beam. It will have an Obermeyer gate, which will lay down flat along the bottom of the ditch when not in operation. These different characteristics will allow us to reduce the amount of sediment and debris that currently build up at this location during flood events. This new structure will allow us to manage the water levels in the ditch better and reduce the amount of maintenance currently required to clean out the debris after every large rain event.
What are the immediate implications for Duck Creek? The pre-construction meeting was Aug. 11. The contractors will be moving their equipment in shortly and start work on Aug. 16. Access to Unit A will be rerouted using Z Highway. The contractors are