Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Living Shoreline Stabilization - September 2021


Scope of Work

This project involves the design and construction of shoreline stabilization through the establishment of living shorelines along the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek. The project involves a living shoreline with breakwater and beach nourishment on the west side of the park along the Chickahominy River, and marsh creation and stabilization using coir logs and rock marsh sills on the north side along Gordon Creek. The project will also incorporate approximately 0.75 acres of riparian buffer enhancement and creation. Locations where bald cypress trees are present along the toe of existing banks will be preserved and expanded with marsh creation wherever feasible.

Schedule

  • Complete Engineering Design – July 2019
  • Bidding – Spring 2020
  • Initiate Construction – Sept. 2020
  • Project Completion – Fall 2021

Budget

  • Estimated Budget - $1,759,000
  • Stantec Consulting Services - $177,756.83
  • Contract payments and percent completed - $168,635.89 - 94.9%
  • Additional Services - $91,199.70
  • Carolina Marine Structures - $1,494,464.60
  • Contract payments and percent completed - $1,400,167.00 – 93.7%

Milestones

  • Purchase Order issued for design work – Sept. 2018
  • Application submitted for James River Water Quality Improvement Funds – June 2018
  • Notification of Award of $781,900 for James River Water Quality Improvement Funds – Oct. 2018 
  • Engineering Kickoff Meeting Held – Sept. 30, 2018
  • Pre-application meeting held for wetlands permitting – Nov. 27, 2018
  • Wetlands Joint Permit Application submitted – May 7, 2019
  • Archaeology study completed and accepted – Sept. 5, 2019
  • Final Site Plan approval – Oct. 4, 2019
  • VMRC Permit received – Dec. 4, 2019
  • Army Corps of Engineers wetland permit received – Dec. 30, 2019
  • Project was bid on Feb. 26, 2020 with bid opening on April 15, 2020
  • Construction contract awarded to Carolina Marine Structures on July 14, 2020
  • Electric lines removed from work area
  • Construction began on Sept. 1, 2020
  • Gordon Creek shoreline rock structures installed
  • All Chickahominy River shoreline rock structures installed by Feb. 15, 2021
  • Wetlands plants installation completed on June 18, 2021

Next Steps

  • Complete restoration of the site including stabilization and installation of uplands plantings. Uplands plantings have been scheduled for installation in the fall of 2021.
  • Perform final completion inspection.

Project Issues

  • VMRC wetland permit contains a “Time of Year Restrictions” that prohibits work in the water from Feb. 15 to Sept. 15 of any year. Therefore, project was awarded and started on Sept. 1, 2020.

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