Work on bridge project begins next week
by Elsie Hodnett
Jan 08, 2014 | 894 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Work on the River Bend Bridge Project is expected to begin next week, starting with a detour access road.
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Work on the River Bend Bridge Project is expected to begin next week, starting with a detour access road.
RIVERSIDE – Work is expected to begin soon on the River Bend Bridge Project.

“We are looking for work to start on the project next week,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said.

The City Council awarded the bid for the River Bend Project to F&D Enterprises Inc. doing business as Walker Excavating in the amount of $163,932 at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“St. Clair County will pay for the project up front and the city will reimburse the county over time,” Jessup said.

St. Clair County Engineer Dan Dahlke said the city of Riverside does not have an engineer on staff and requested assistance from the county.

“We drew up the plans for the city to bid out,” he said.

Dahlke said the first task for the contractor is construction of a temporary detour. The temporary detour will use the entrance to Safe Harbor Campground, adjacent to The Ark restaurant.

“For the detour, they have to place a 48-inch pipe to allow water flow,” he said. “They will put dirt fill with a gravel surface over the pipe, which people will drive on.”

Dahlke said the culvert on River Bend Drive, which Riverside city officials refer to as the River Bend Bridge, is the only entrance and exit to River Bend Apartments and other residences on what would otherwise be an island.

“All the work must be done while the water is down,” he said. “And this time of year it is weather-dependent. With good weather it should take about 10 working days to put the detour in.”

Dahlke said the detour should not impact residents using it much and might even improve traffic slightly.

“Right now, they have one-lane access and with the detour they will have two lanes,” he said. “After the detour road and signage is in place, a new culvert will go on River Bend Drive. Once earth fill with base material is in place the area across it will be paved.”

Dahlke said the pavement width is 22 feet, providing two 11-foot lanes.

“Fill dirt will extend wider to provide an approximate 10-foot shoulder on each side,” he said.

Dahlke said the current culvert is a 40-foot pipe with vertical headwalls on either side.

“The new culvert is 68-feet-wide at the base and will have a riprap slope on either side so people can walk down to the base,” he said. “The riprap is more environmentally friendly and cheaper as well.”

Dahlke said the project should be completed before Logan Martin Lake begins to rise toward summer pool in April.

“The majority of work is putting in and taking out the detour,” he said. “The new culvert is about one-third of the project.”

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