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Heritage Trail Slope Repair Update

by | Aug 20, 2015 | News

Detour barriers were placed along the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail in the 400 block of Riverside Drive in July 2015 due to a slope failure on the riverbank.

Fredericksburg Public Works Director Doug Fawcett reported this week that repairs have begun:

“The contractors have mobilized for the slope repair. The repair will consist of installing “soil nails” into the slope and then securing the slope with “shotcrete” (concrete installed under pressure) along the slope. The concrete area will be approximately 130 feet wide and 12 feet tall (starting at the level of trail and going down the riverbank.) The cost of the repair is approximately $175,000. The rendering showing the finished product represents what the area should look like immediately after completion of the work. Vegetation will eventually grow back up around the disturbed area and make the repair less visible.

“The work should be completed by the end of next week [last week of August 2015] (unless we experience some unexpected weather between now and then.) We will then need to restore the area on the plateau before the detour can be dismantled and the trail through this area placed back into service. We are working to have things back to normal in that area by shortly after Labor Day and perhaps even before.”

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