CUMMING — Work has begun to address two of the lingering concerns from the aftermath of the Lake Alice dam breach in May 2013.
Both Little Ridge Cove on Lake Lanier and Sanders Road were damaged as a result of the breach, which occurred during a period of heavy rainfall. Since that time, several thousand cubic yards of excess silt and sediment has flowed into the nearby cove.
According to a news release from the city of Cumming, crews with the firm it has hired, River Sand Inc., began last week to bring in several types of excavators for the project. They will create a temporary road on which to haul away the silt.
In August, the City Council approved a contract for $247,440 with the company to remove some 7,200 cubic yards of sediment. Based on the contract, the project is expected to be completed by Jan. 31.
In a related development, the city reports that crews with Martin Contracting have begun prep work for repairing Sanders Road. A portion of Sanders between Buford Dam and Mary Alice Park roads caved in as a result of excess water moving underneath it through an undersized culvert after the earthen dam breached.
That stretch of Sanders, a popular cut-through that passes through a heavily wooded residential area and along Lake Lanier, has been closed since spring 2013.
In September, the city council approved a measure in which Cumming would pay half the costs of the repairs, while Forsyth County’s government would pay the other half. The county commission has since signed off on the deal.
Martin Contracting workers will be replacing the former 60-inch culvert with a new 8-by-8 box culvert, which has a much greater capacity and can reportedly handle any future flooding issues.
Martin Contracting will also be repairing the road itself, which will allow it to be reopened to traffic.
The Sanders Road project is expected to be finished by Dec. 31, at an estimated cost of $434,000, which will be split equally between the city and county.
According to the city, mandates issued to the Mashburn Family Trusts, which owned the Lake Alice Dam, and Cumming by the Environmental Protection Division about remediation of the Little Ridge Creek and Cove area will be fulfilled after this work is complete.
The area around the Lake Alice Dam breach has been returned to its natural state, which was prior to the construction of the dam some 80 years ago.