The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced recently that dredging activities continue to progress on Phase 2 of the $36.5 million Muddy River Flood Risk Management project in Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts.
In Feb. 28, 2022, work will progress to Work Areas #5 and #6 in the vicinity of The Riverway and Park Drive (near Back Bay Yard). Temporary construction fencing will go up in Work Areas #5 and #6 to prepare the area for mobilization of dredging equipment. A walkway along the river will remain open for pedestrian and bicyclist access for the duration of the project, reported the Corps.
USACE also added that dredging will begin in Work Area #5 in early April once the temporary construction fencing is installed and pre-dredge site preparation, staging and access is completed. Work includes dredging the flood risk management channel within the Muddy River.
“An excavator will stage on the right side (looking downstream) of the river to dredge the river and load the sediment into water-tight trucks for transport to the Central Processing Facility near the Duck House and the construction trailers at Work Area #11,” said USACE.
The sediment will be dewatered and stabilized in this facility before the processed sediment is loaded and transported to the final disposal facility.
Once the dredging is complete in Work Area #5, the equipment will mobilize downstream to dredge Work Area #6.
After the dredging is complete in both areas, the riverbanks will be stabilized with a turf reinforcement mat, then replanted with emergent plants in the wetland area, and shrubs and trees in the upland area during the planting window.