Pueblo: Maintenance work on the Arkansas River levee update

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Work was supposed to have started in early January, but cold weather delayed that. Plus, there were details in contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work out. “Any time you’re dealing with the federal government and four contractors, there’s going to be some uncertainty,” said Gus Sandstrom, president of the Pueblo Conservancy District.

The first step in the project will be to build a small levee in the Arkansas River channel to divert water away from the concrete levee on the north side of the river…

On Monday, there were crews working to install rip-rap on the embankments of the newly completed Fourth Street bridge, a Colorado Department of Highways project, but no work in the river channel itself…

The levees are being damaged by flows from the kayak gates, which double as fish shelters, that have been built along the levee. The water is undermining the base of the levee. After the flows are diverted, vents will be installed at the base of the levee to allow water to flow through without washing away soil

More Arkansas River basin coverage here.

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