Sediment remediation is like a construction project on the water. It can involve large equipment, bright lights, and noise. Many projects even continue into the night and on weekends to speed up the process. Remediation will be inconvenient in the short-term, but a bit of patience results in a big payoff in the long-term.
Street Traffic and Closures
During the project there will be increased traffic in the area for construction workers, delivery of material, and for disposal of debris. Springwells Ct. and Medina Street will be impacted by the construction of the permanent bulkhead wall. Construction requires a smaller anchor wall of the same length as the primary wall but set back 125 ft. The anchor wall is to keep the primary wall in place and will be connected to it by a series of underground steel tieback rods every 15 ft. Installation of the anchor wall requires the cul-de-sac at the end of Springwells Ct. to be removed. Springwells Ct. will terminate about 200 yards from where it does now. All infrastructure and utilities affected by the removal will be permanently relocated. The rest of Springwells Ct. will be not affected by the construction. Installation of the anchor wall at Medina St. will require temporary closure of the last 25 ft. of road with closure of an additional 50 f.t along only the east side of the street. The temporary closure is expected to be about three months in early 2018.
Navigation of the Old Channel will not be impeded. However, some areas on the water may have obstructions for days or weeks at a time. Once those targeted sediment areas are cleaned up, access to those areas will be restored. Beware of increased tug and barge traffic.
Noise and Lights
The project will involve work on nights and weekends. There will be increased noise and bright lights.
Contact U.S. EPA project manager, Rose Ellison, (734-692-7689) to coordinate community events on the river and industrial shipping activity with cleanup efforts to minimize traffic and accessibility issues.