USACE Celebrates Completion of Riverside Drive Scheme

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, and the city of Clarksville recently celebrated the completion of the Riverside Drive Stream Bank Stabilization Project with a ceremony at Freedom Point in Liberty Park.

The city of Clarksville and the Corps collaborated to stabilize 1,530 feet of eroded bank on the Cumberland River alongside Riverside Drive to protect businesses along Riverside Drive, utilities and the Old Waterworks building, a local well-known historic landmark built in 1927.

Bank erosion threatened to undermine Riverside Drive, underground sewer lines, power poles, storm water drains, a guard rail, and a historic building. If left unprotected the Riverside Drive could have failed and posed danger to life and safety, and impacted the city and local businesses situated along the roadway.

Choctaw Transportation Inc., completed the project three months ahead of schedule. The $2.3 million project began in January 2016 and consisted of repairing eroding bank along the Cumberland River. The contractor added five feet of clay and rock to reinforce the stream bank.

Crews cleared and prepared the site and used barges equipped with backhoe tractors to place a layer of geotextile fabric and riprap with limestone rock to stabilize the eroding bank.

The estimated loss and relocation costs for all endangered facilities would have been $6.3 million. The federal government paid 65 percent and the city of Clarksville the remaining 35 percent in cost sharing the project. The overall cost of the project is more than $2.3 million, and the grant that the city received from the federal government pays more than $2.1 million of it.

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