$2.2 mil­lion Army Corps pro­ject to sta­bi­lize Columbia River shore­line

Tri-City Herald - - News - BY AN­NETTE CARY [email protected]­i­ty­her­ald.com An­nette Cary; 509-582-1533

Work is start­ing on a $2.2 mil­lion pro­ject to re­store Columbia River shore­line in Columbia Park in Ken­newick.

The Army Corps of En­gi­neers says that the work will sta­bi­lize shore­line in the west end of the park where wa­ter has grad­u­ally eroded the shore­line. The con­tract for the work, awarded to KEU Inc. of Van­cou­ver, Wash., re­quires work to be com­pleted by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Sec­tions of the shore­line will be closed to the pub­lic when work is be­ing done in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity, said Emily Estes-Cross, a Ken­newick city spokes­woman.

Columbia Park Trail will re­main open to traf­fic, but there could be some peri- odic lane clo­sures as heavy equip­ment is moved.

Sec­tions of the walk­ing trail along the river also may be closed at times.

Park­ing lots near the pro­ject will be used for equip­ment and ma­te­rial stor­age. Some park­ing lots al­ready are cor­doned off and closed to the pub­lic.

The pro­ject will sta­bi­lize 4,500 feet along the river us­ing 1,400 cu­bic yards of soil and rocks, said Gina Bal­tr­usch, spokes­woman for the Corps.. The con­trac­tor also will use a mesh ma­te­rial to help keep the new soil and rock in place.

Plant­ing will be done in the spring.

The pro­ject was planned for the win­ter to min­i­mize dis­rup­tion to vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing those who walk and fish there.

BOB BRAWDY Tri-City Her­ald

The U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers is sta­bi­liz­ing a 4,500-foot stretch of the Columbia River shore­line in Ken­newick’s Columbia Park this win­ter. Watch a drone video at: tric­i­ty­her­ald.com/video

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