Sometimes projects fall into our laps when we are least expecting them. That’s what happened to Jed Chambers, Kyle Hinton and Jason Messamer from the Systems Planning and Projects (SPP) division recently when they went out to look at Monument Creek north of Uintah Bridge.
They went to assess the need for a future project. But what they found was a 42-inch wastewater line paralleling the creek that was threatened with exposure because of erosion along the creek bank.
“We were really glad we happened upon that wastewater pipeline while we were in the field, because our organization has a huge commitment to protect our waterways from sanitary sewer overflows,” said Hinton. “We immediately began work to implement a solution before thunderstorm season.”
Before long, the project was designed and out for bid. The project began in early March and was finished in late May. The resulting wall is 750-feet long, three boulders tall, (about nine feet), made up of 600 tons of granite and quartzite boulders with grout in between.
The $500,000 project was funded by the Sanitary Sewer Creek Crossing program's capital budget.
Construction took place in historically-important North Monument Creek Park and hikers, bikers and neighbors accommodated the construction traffic in stride amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A special thanks goes to City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services who was a tremendous partner on this project.