City staff has engaged a consultant to develop a site-specific, engineered design for the repair of the N. White Chapel culvert crossing at the Kirkwood Branch Creek crossing with the primary focus at this moment to re-open the roadway. The road has been closed since heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage in late September.
The plan will address replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement. The goal of the replacement is to re-open the road by the end of 2018, weather permitting. City staff will continue to work with the consultant on a permanent solution to raise the roadway so it will not be subject to future flood events. This will involve a detailed regional drainage study as well as coordination and approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and other concerned agencies. The City will work with the Corps of Engineers for required permits and seek possible grants to help construct a new bridge. A timeline for the permanent resolution is also being developed.
“Unfortunately this is not something we can fix quickly, but we are working as fast and as smart as we can to re-open the road and be sure it’s safe for the public,” said Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “We know this is frustrating for residents, but I’d like to thank everyone again for their patience and understanding as we work to get the road open again.”