April 18, 2016
Lake Peachtree is officially at full pool! The City’s vegetation contractor will be back this week with the harvester for cleanup of the mown debris. The Battery Way dock is scheduled for installation the week of May 2, and that process should take about a week. Restoration of Drake Field is also progressing, but the park remains closed.
Lake Peachtree Progress Report – March 1, 2016
A little rain goes a long way, and last week’s few inches of rain in a couple of days temporarily raised the level of Lake Peachtree by almost eight feet. This covered not only the remaining silt, but also the haul road to remove the silt.
With that said, the County’s contractor has made progress in removing silt fencing, construction fencing, pilings, and completing all the dredging locations and the work accompanying the City’s refurbishments at the Pinecrest and Battery Way boat ramps. Once they are able to mobilize again, they are ready to work from sunrise to sunset to remove the remaining silt adjacent to the All Children’s Playground and the haul roads in a 10-day push.
The City’s vegetation removal contractor has completed the pre-refill work and will return with the floating harvester once the lake has been permanently refilled. The dock at Battery Way will be installed after the lake has refilled as well.
Lake Peachtree Update – Dredging Continues, Weather Dependent
Over the past two weeks, the County’s dredging contractor has had multiple dump trucks and at least two excavators working to remove remaining siltation from the bed of Lake Peachtree. While very little silt remains in Lake Peachtree to be removed, the constructed haul roads in the lake bed still must be taken out before the lake can be refilled.
The significant rain amounts expected this week (3” – 4” expected through Friday) will impact completion of the dredging project.
The City’s contractor removing the vegetation has also been doing some hand removal of vegetation around the dock areas and is scheduled to return to full work on December 28 for the remaining areas to be cleared. At that time, the City’s engineering firms are also scheduled to begin the geotechnical testing on the Spillway as part of its design for replacement in the coming years. This will prevent the lake having to be lowered again later for the testing, prior to the construction. Both of these components could also be impacted by the volume of rain over the Christmas holiday.