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2011, March 9th. Project Design and Permitting Kickoff Meeting for the Culvert Replacement

Meeting Agenda
  • Review project goals and design
  • Outline design and permitting process
  • Identify data needs
  • Review culvert design
  • Conduct a site visit
1:15
Welcome and Introductions

1:20
Project Overview

1:25
Field Work

1:30
Design and Permitting Process
  • MA DOT
  • Utility Locations
  • Traffic Management/Control
  • Construction Time frame
  • Public Safety Throughout and After the Project
2:15
Culvert Design: single 16-foot wide vs. double 8-foot wide culverts.
Construction and Cost

2:30
Funding Construction

2:45
Site visit

3:15
Adjourn


In Attendance

Jeff Oakes (CLE Engineering, Inc)
Jeremy Bell (MA DER)
Franz Ingelfinger (MA DER and Project Manager)
Liz Durkee (Oak Bluffs Conservation Commission)
Joan Hughes (Oak Bluffs Conservation Commission)
Penny Hinkle (Oak Bluffs Conservation Commission)
Mike Clements (Mass DOT)
Michael Dutton (Town of Oak Bluffs Administrator)
Gail Barmakian (Selectman)
Erik Blake (Oak Bluffs Chief of Police)

Chris Birch (FOFP)
Heather Goff (FOFP)
EL Edwards (FOFP)
Alan Willens (FOFP)
BA Dutton (FOFP)


Summary

Franz Ingelfinger gave a background on the project summarizing that the objective of the new culvert is to restore tidal flow to Farm Pond and also to reduce the duration of flooding events when storm surge overflows Seaview Avenue.

Jeff Oakes of CLE Engineering will be submitting the existing conditions plan to Mass DOT and filing an environmental notification form. He will be starting field work by March 21st that will involve some water jet probing within the pond to get bottom type, and some test boring in the road layout to help design the bedding for the culvert. There will also be a number of topographical surveys done as well. He estimates that the field work will take two days.

Based on the field work and surveys, designs and construction costs for the new culvert will be finalized.
Right now a ball park figure is $800,000 for the work needed. This may increase given the need to keep half of the road functioning for a continued flow of traffic during construction, which will increase duration of the construction.

The designs to date call for a single 16 foot wide culvert as opposed to two 8 foot wide culverts. The cost of the 16 foot wide is comparable to the two 8 foot wide culverts, the flow of water is better and the construction is simplified.

The culvert will be 16 feet wide and will stretch 110 feet from just inside Farm Pond to about 20 feet from the shore on the side of the sound. The piece extending into the sound will be open roofed to minimize visual impact and will slope with the ocean bed.

Gail Barmakian brought up concerns that the guard rail constructed be high enough and sturdy enough to not be a hazard for children who will want to crab once the pond ecology is restored. Also many bikers and walkers will be stopping at the culvert and resting against the railing as that is a spot where the bike path crosses the road.

Mike Clements from Mass DOT could not be specific at this point about any set backs and other state construction requirements that might be imposed by the DOT.

There are a number of permits that need to be issued for the project.

Funding is being sought through grant applications. Grant applications will be facilitated by Jeremy and Franz of MA DER but need to be written by us. Either someone in the town, in the conservation community or a member of FOFP. The deadline for submission for the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is June.

Most grants need funds matched to some capacity.

Information about the national Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program can be found here.



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