Beginning of the army corps levy project in July in Massillon
MASSILLON – The US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to begin work next month on a stone slope stabilization project to control erosion on the banks of the Tuscarawas River embankment.
Several floods – or periods of flooding – in recent years have caused the erosion of sections of the dike.
Chris Quaranta, chief engineer and project manager with the Huntington District US Army Corps of Engineers, said preliminary work began last year. Most of the project is expected to start in the coming weeks.
Last summer, crews moved the mussels near the seawall further downstream, and access roads for National Highway 21 and Third Street NW were constructed to allow crews access to the site.
DRS Enterprises was contracted to complete the stone slope stabilization project.
The company is in the final phase of submitting pre-construction documents to the federal agency before work begins.
Preliminary work, including the addition of road signs, has taken place in recent weeks.
When the project begins, DRS will install large stones on the river bank. Quaranta said they will need to dig the area to get a stable base on which to place the stone. Work will begin on the west dike in Newman Creek and then move to the east side of the dike.
The project is expected to be completed in November 2022.
“Over time, with the water level rising and falling, we see some erosion on the banks of both dikes and we want to get in and stabilize it before it becomes a problem,” Quaranta said.
The Massillon dike totals approximately 15,900 feet along both sides of the Tuscarawas River and includes 200 feet of concrete wall, four pumping stations and three gates. The structure extends inland and along the river from near Lake Avenue NW to Finefrock Road SW.
The structure was built in 1951 to prevent water from the Tuscarawas River from flooding 630 acres, including much of downtown Massillon. The army corps oversees and operates the dike, but the city has pumping stations that push floodwaters back into the river.
In 2018, after Corps inspectors noted deterioration from erosion along the dike, federal officials allocated emergency funds totaling $ 22 million for the rehabilitation effort.
Authorities said the dike is safe and poses no imminent danger of rupture.
Rehabilitation of the levee:Beginning of the Massillon dike project is approaching
The project could result in occasional lane closures along Highway 21, but Quantra does not expect the road to be closed for long periods of time.
The towpath is closed between Cherry Road and Lake Avenue due to dike work.
Although the project is an Army Corps project, Quantra said he remains in contact with officials at Massillon and Stark Parks so that they are “on the same page.”
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