Task Force head encourages public input on Mossy Oaks project

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From staff reports

As the work approaches the finish line on the Mossy Oaks Stormwater Project, Task Force Chair Neal Pugliese, Col. USMC, Ret., said in his latest update that he enjoyed and encouraged contact with the public.

“I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many residents regarding this project,” Pugliese wrote. “I remain available anytime to address comments, concerns, or questions, so please do not hesitate to call, email or text so that the project may address your issues as rapidly as possible.”

Pugliese addressed the recent and coming work in Basins 1 and 2.

Basin 1 

(vicinity of Duck Pond)

During a light period for the project given the Christmas break, cleanup work has taken place throughout the area. A footbridge is being built at the west end of the Duck Pond. The coffer dam in this basin is being prepared for removal and repositioning to Basin 2. All drainage continues to function as designed.

Next week, the footbridge will be completely installed. Battery Creek Road will continue to be improved, and the final elements of ditch and drainage work will be done on Jane Way.

The coffer dam in the vicinity of Rodgers will be removed and installed in Basin 2. The removal of the dam will take about four days; re-installation in Basin 2 in the vicinity of Riverside Drive will take approximately a week. When the coffer dam is removed from Basin 1, the Spanish Moss Trail will be prepared for laying concrete.

Once the concrete is installed and the entire trail inspected, the Spanish Moss Trail will be reopened for bike and pedestrian traffic.

Basin 2 

(vicinity of Southside Park)

The contractor will work on finishing items in the Broad Street neighborhood area in the first couple of weeks of January.

The coffer dam being removed in Basin I will be relocated and installed in the vicinity of Riverside Drive. This will allow workers to install three massive head walls, three 60-inch drainage pipes with tidal flap gates attached. After that, a concrete wall cap will be installed, and the Spanish Moss Trail will be repaved and returned to its original condition.

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