Monday, August 10, 2015

Today We Learn 66 Piers Are Part Of The Moat Surrounding Grangerville

Earlier today I blogged about a bridge in Oregon built in the last century which took around two years to construct, built high above a saltwater bay, as compared to three simple little bridges being built in slow motion over dry land in Fort Worth with a four year project timeline.

Someone named Anonymous commented regarding the current state of America's Biggest Boondoggle's project...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "In Oregon Building The Yaquina Bay Bridge In Less Than Four Years While Celebrating A Hotpepper Birthday.":

66 flood wall piers have been completed at the Panther Island Project. The piers will be part of the moat that will surround Grangerville.

Corps of Engineers progressing on flood wall piers

Clicking the above Anonymous link we learn.....

As part of its flood-control work on the Trinity River Vision project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed 66 flood wall piers in the Henderson Street and White Settlement corridor.

These piers are part of the future flood wall in the bypass channel; construction on the channels is scheduled to begin in 2018.

The piers were constructed during this phase because it is cheaper and faster to build them before bypass channel construction begins.

The bypass channel will be a 1½- mile, 300- foot-wide channel that will redirect flood waters around the 800 acres of low-lying area north of downtown Fort Worth.

The channel will have three flood gates installed at the sections of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high-water events to force water through the bypass channel.


66 flood wall piers have been installed in the Henderson Street /White Settlement zone? I drove through that zone on Saturday and did not see 66 of anything. Maybe flood wall piers are not noticeable.

These piers were stuck in the ground now because it is cheaper and faster to do so before bypass channel construction begins? Nothing to do with limited funding being the reason for the slow motion progress of America's Biggest Boondoggle?

It's all about being cheaper and faster? Then why is this relatively simple project, with no project timeline, slated, currently, to take four years to build three simple bridges over dry land.

Longer than it took to build actual complicated feats of engineering, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, and multiple other similar projects around the world.

So, this slow motion project would go even slower if the flood diversion ditch was being built at the same time as the three simple bridges?

This article refers to the flood diversion channel in the plural. As in "construction on the channels is scheduled to begin in 2018."

Channels? More than one ditch is scheduled? Ditch digging to begin in 2018? The year the three simple bridges might be finished connecting the mainland to the imaginary island?

I hope I live long enough to see a flood diverted under those bridges. But, I suspect not many of us currently observing America's Biggest Boondoggle will get to witness such a thing....

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