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November 24, 2023 8:00 AM

Coal Creek Channel Restoration & Trail Closure- Nov. 27, 2023

Beginning Nov. 27, significant improvements to the conveyance of Coal Creek will kick off as part of the ongoing Coal Creek Channel Restoration project.

Beginning Nov. 27, significant improvements to the conveyance of Coal Creek will kick off as part of the ongoing Coal Creek Channel Restoration project. This project is divided into two reaches, with Reach 3 near Erie Village currently under construction. The next phase, Reach 1, which stretches from Cheesman Street to north of Briggs Street, is scheduled to commence the week after Thanksgiving. To ensure public safety, the Coal Creek Trail north of Cheesman Street will be closed until the completion of the project, with an anticipated reopening in Summer 2024.

This phase of the project includes a series of substantial improvements: widening the creek, replacing a section of pipe through the levee, enhancing the levee itself, widening the opening under the bridge, relocating a waterline, and replacing the bridge's wingwalls. Additionally, as part of these improvements, Briggs Street will be closed for approximately a month in early 2024 to facilitate safe bridge work.

It's important to note that this work represents just the first phase in a series of improvements to Coal Creek. The design for other sections of Coal Creek improvements, stretching between Cheesman Street and north of Kenosha Road, will commence in early 2024. The completion of all these sections will enable us to submit a letter of map revision to FEMA, aiming to remove properties in Old Town and along County Line Road from the floodplain. We appreciate the community's understanding and cooperation during these essential infrastructure enhancements and remain committed to keeping you informed and safe throughout this process.

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