Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Updates
Status – January 24, 2020
The project purpose is to restore the natural shoreline, protect the roadway from storm damage, and support pedestrian safety with a separated berm that runs from the mouth of Terrell Creek (Lora Lane) to Cedar Avenue approximately 1.58 miles in length along the beach. The project will be constructed over two seasons concluding in April 2021.
Status: Construction began December 9, 2019 and will continue through March 2020 for this first project season. Project will be on hiatus until September 2020.
Contract Awarded: Yes
Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00
Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.
(1/27-1/31) work is scheduled from 7p to 5a.
Importing of berm gravel will continue from Beachcomber Drive to just north of the Bay Breeze restaurant. The Contractor will begin excavation for manholes at the following locations.
Near Evergreen Lane;
Immediately south of the Bay Breeze restaurant;
200 feet north of the Bay Breeze restaurant.
This work will be occurring in the waterward shoulder of Birch Bay Drive.
(2/3-2/6) work is scheduled from 4p to 2a.
The Contractor will begin excavation for storm drain out falls extending out on the beach beginning at the manhole locations described above. This work will be occurring mainly in the waterward shoulder of Birch Bay Drive and the beach.
All work is subject to change due to the cycles of the low tides, and as such, the schedule is subject to frequently change. Traffic Impacts: Traffic impacts for the week of January 27th are likely to include some shoulder closures. Wait times for lane closures should be less than 5 minutes.
Construction contract is planned to be awarded November 2019 with major elements of the project's 1st phase (soft shore protection) includes the following:
Project Limits: Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue, 1.58 miles
Remove the rip rap, sea walls, groins, and bulkheads along Birch Bay Drive and replace them with a "natural" soft shore beach; reestablishing the beach profile and improving flood protection for the roadway and adjacent structures; this will improve habitat functions and the currently disrupted natural littoral drift of the beach.
Replace and retrofit substandard stormwater facilities and out falls to improve water quality for this significant shellfish area.
Provide beach access and a pedestrian facility as a portion of the Coast Millennium Trail.
Project construction will be over two seasons; September 2017 - May 2018 and September 2018 - May 2019. These work windows were established to avoid construction during the summer high tourism season at Birch Bay and in-water work windows established by environmental permits.