CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Stabilization work could start this fall on the Kanawha riverbank above Greenbrier Street after Charleston City Council members approved an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Also Monday, council members adopted zoning rules for urban agriculture that allow residents to raise honeybees and laying hens in most parts of the city.
The exact cost of the riprap project won't be known until bids are opened on Sept. 30, said Ken Woodard, project engineer with the Corps' district office in Huntington.
The city has already set aside $700,000 of user fee money for the project, City Manager David Molgaard said. Under the Corps' Section 14 program for emergency streambank protection, "They can commit up to $1.5 million," he said. "We provide a 35 percent match."
Once a contract is awarded to the winning bidder, "They should be able to get started during the calendar year, and then another eight to 10 months to completion," Woodard said Monday.
The project is similar to the work AmherstMadison did several years along the riverbank from Magic Island to near Patrick Street, where 24,000 tons of Indiana limestone were placed on top of the older riprap to prevent further erosion of the bank.
The second phase covers a stretch of just over a mile from Greenbrier Street up to the 35th Street Bridge, between the lower walkway and the river, Woodard said.
After removing all the old lower stairways and some of the large 1930s-era riprap to even out the surface, the contractor will first fill gaps in the rocks with different sizes of gravel. Then a 3-foot layer of new stone up to 18 inches in diameter will be laid on top of the old riprap.
None of the stairways will be rebuilt, but the broad steps at the Capitol will be left untouched, he said.