Fifteen years after a flood devastated Augusta’s west side and downtown area, a levee intended to protect the city from a similar disaster is finally finished.
“Construction on the project is now complete,” Interim City Manager Josh Shaw told the governing body in a recent memo.
The project added about 2,500 feet to a five-feet high, four-mile long flood prevention system.
The completion of the almost $10 million project was only one month late and very close to budget. The U.S. Corps of Engineers will pay for 65 percent of the project.
Very few construction issues have been noted with the work on the project. One of those minor issues was the grass on the new levee. The Bermuda grass did not take root, so rye grass will be planted this fall to protect the structure during the winter months and Bermuda grass will be replanted next spring.
The contractor is still responsible for mowing and maintenance of the new structure until the turf is established.
Dike Road, which has been closed for months due to the levee construction project, has been set for reconstruction and work will begin this week on that project which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.