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San Gabriel River bank stabilization project set to begin in March Feb 18, 2016

The city of Georgetown will begin a project in March to stabilize the bank along the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park.

The project includes constructing a low retaining wall along the north bank of the river, according to a city news release.

The wall, which will be even with the ground and will not obstruct views or access to the river, will span more than 1,700 feet from the pedestrian bridge at the confluence of the north and south San Gabriel Rivers to a point near a natural spring outlet, according to the release.

Construction is expected to cost about $455,000 and will be paid for with bond funds approved by voters in 2008. The project could be completed in June.

According to the news release, the project will address erosion along the bank that occurs during flooding and was identified as a priority project in 2013. Permits have been obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Historical Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Most of the water will be drained from the river basin during construction, which will limit fishing and access to portions of the river and a segment of trail in the park. Gravel deposits in the riverbed as well as dead trees on the south river bank along College Street will also be removed during the project, according to the news release.

The river will be refilled to normal levels upon completion.

Article Courtesy of Community Impact