“The contractor, Walker Excavating, completed the bypass road Thursday morning,” St. Clair County Engineer Dan Dahlke said. “They turned traffic over to the detour and are proceeding with the culvert replacement.”
Dahlke said the temporary detour uses the entrance to Safe Harbor Campground, adjacent to The Ark restaurant. A portion of River Bend Drive is closed while repair work is underway.
He said the culvert on River Bend Drive, which Riverside city officials refer to as the River Bend Bridge, was the only entrance and exit to River Bend Apartments and other residences on what would otherwise be an island.
“They have to move a couple utilities out of the way on River Bend Drive, which will probably take a day or so,” he said. “The new culvert is scheduled for delivery Monday, and the process of installing it should take place next week, weather permitting.”
Dahlke said the weather has delayed the project somewhat, but it is not that far behind schedule.
He 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. The riprap is more environmentally friendly and cheaper as well.
“It should be done by April 1, which is when the water will start to coming up,” he said. “It is going well overall.”
Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup said there were some delay factors built into the contract.
“It is still on schedule,” he said. “We just have our fingers crossed that we don’t get into any high water or flooding issues in the next three or four weeks. We are pleased with the contractor, Walker Excavating, who has stayed on point. We also appreciate the help of the St. Clair County Commission and the County Engineer to see the project through.”
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