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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Fax: 540-483-8013

Town to accept bids for Pigg River repair work
Estimated cost of bank stabilization, green area is $558,000
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Repair work on the banks along the Pigg River will cost the town an estimated $558,000 and should be completed by March 2015.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Rocky Mount Town Council voted Monday night to accept bids for repair work at the Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Park with a projected cost of $558,000.

The repairs are the result of the construction of a new bridge on South Main Street and the removal of the low-head dam on the Pigg River last December.

The repair work includes stabilization of the banks along the Pigg River near the park, said engineer Chris Fewster. The bank stabilization will include about 200 feet on each side of the river.

A new green area near the park with landscaping and a path to the river for safety purposes are also included in the projected cost.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has given approval to proceed with the project, Fewster said.

Town council voted unanimously to put the project out for bid.

The project will be funded in the fiscal year 2014-15 budget, according to Town Manager James Ervin, and should be completed by March 2015.

The low-head dam was demolished by crews contracted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service because of a dangerous hydraulic that presented a hazard to boaters and anglers.

During the demolition, the lead contractor, Shenandoah Streamworks, created an access ramp to get heavy equipment to the dam. The access point remains, giving the public better, safer access to the Pigg River after the dam removal work is complete, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

That access point, which has a covered surface, creates an additional removal area for canoes and kayaks, Hankins said.

It will now be used by equipment to make the repairs to the stream bank on Old Furnace Creek.

In other matters Monday night, Rocky Mount Town Council:

• approved a request by the Franklin County Historical Society to hold its annual "Moonshine Express" event in the parking lot of the town municipal building on April 6 and April 13.

•gave permission to the Franklin County Historical Society to hold the annual "Ghosts and More" event in the parking lot of the town municipal building on Oct. 18 and 25.

•agreed to pay $1,200 for four buses that will be used during the "Moonshine Express" and "Ghosts and More" events.

•agreed to stop traffic from Main Street to Maple Avenue and from West Court Street to Floyd Avenue for the Veterans' Day memorial that will be held on the courthouse lawn on May 17.

•approved a request from Christian Heritage Academy to hold a road race on Glenwood Drive and Scuffling Hill Road on Memorial Day, May 26.

The race will begin at 8:45 p.m. and last about an hour.

 
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