More culvert replacements aimed at alleviating Lake Ballinger flooding

One of two culverts/pedestrian crossings that will be replaced this summer. The culvert (lower left corner) is small, while the creek bed is overgrown with vegetation. The new culvert/pedestrian crossing will increase water flow through McAleer Creek, helping to alleviate seasonal Lake Ballinger flooding.

One of two culverts/pedestrian crossings that will be replaced this summer. The culvert (lower left corner) is small, while the creek bed is overgrown with vegetation. The new culvert/pedestrian crossing will increase water flow through McAleer Creek, helping to alleviate seasonal Lake Ballinger flooding.

Following completion of a new culvert/vehicle bridge over McAleer Creek at the Nile Shriners Golf Course last September, crews are now gearing up to replace two other culverts that the creek runs through at the golf course.

New West Development Inc. of Everett finished the installation last September of a 30-foot bridge that not only increased the flow of water in McAleer Creek but also handles the vehicular traffic through the golf course site. But the $882,387 project called for the firm to also replace two other smaller culverts that restrict water flow downstream from Lake Ballinger through the creek; the two culverts targeted for replacement support pedestrian walkways that golfers use to cross the waterway.

State regulations allow construction over McAleer Creek only between July 1 and Sept. 30. While the larger vehicle bridge was finished by the Sept. 30 end-of-work date, the two smaller culverts/pedestrian bridges were not.

New West plans on moving in equipment to the work sites this week, then beginning construction July 1.

City officials have stressed that the delay in completing the culvert replacements did not result in additional costs to the city. The project is being paid for by the city’s Storm Water Fund.

– Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

 

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