NATURAL CANAL DREDGING PROJECT UPDATE - MARCH 22, 2013
The Natural Canal dredging project has now been completed. This authorized hydraulic dredging project provided for the dredging of approximately 18,500 linear feet of residential “natural” canals, which were previously dredged in the October 2007-March 2008 dredge cycle. These canals consist of four residential canals (canals #14 to #17) located between Laurinburg and Concord Streets and commercial canals (canals #21, #22 and #23) located between Causeway and Laurinburg Streets, as well as the entrance canals located north of residential canals #8 and #3 (between Raeford and Union Streets and Cumberland and Moore Streets, respectively). The dredge prism consisted of a 40’ wide maximum, except at modified areas around the commercial canal where the maximum width was 20’ wide. The design elevation depth was -6.0” MLW. Approximately 30,143 cubic yards of material was removed as a result of this dredging project. All material excavated was pumped to US Army Corps of Engineers Disposal Area No. 306, located approximately ½ mile west of the Odell Williamson Bridge along the AIWW.
The Town would like to thank our property owners and guests for their assistance in assuring that this was a smooth and successful project. The next dredging cycle for the Natural Canals is scheduled for 2018-2019.
NATURAL CANAL DREDGING ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
The Town’s fiscal year budget for 2012-13 includes funds for the upcoming 2012-13 Canal Dredging maintenance cycle. Engineers have estimated that the total cost of this project will be approximately $1,380,000, which equates to a cost per linear foot of billable shoreline of $56.06 or $2803 per a 50 foot lot on an annual basis. This is the current fee being assessed to property owners adjacent to the Natural Canals and has been approved by the Board to be continued in the 2012-13 budget cycle. This is an assessment that is collected annually for the maintenance of these canals. These dredging cycles are scheduled in five year intervals in order to collect the necessary funds to proceed with maintenance of the natural canals.
The Town, in the fall of 2000, adopted a minimum design criteria for the vertical wooden bulkheads. This purpose of which is to make sure that the interests of the property owner is protected. Below you will find the adopted construction plans and spec sheet for the wooden bulkheads. All documents are in Adobe Acrobat format.