CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2016) – The U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and the city of Clarksville celebrated the
completion of the Riverside Drive Stream Bank Stabilization Project today
during a ceremony at Freedom Point in Liberty Park.
Stephen Murphy, Nashville District commander, Corps employees, Clarksville Mayor Kim
McMillian, city officials, and representatives from the project contractor,
Choctaw Transportation, Inc., from Dyersburg,
Tenn., gathered to commemorate the project, which work crews completed three
Murphy welcomed the crowd and said the project would serve
to stop erosion of the riverbank and protect a nearby structure and roadway.
“I am happy to be here and I would like to thank everyone
who had a hand in the success of this project,” said Murphy.
The city of Clarksville and the Corps of Engineers collaborated
to stabilize 1,530 feet of eroded bank on the Cumberland River alongside
Riverside Drive to protect businesses along Riverside Drive, utilities and the Old
Waterworks building, a local well-known historic landmark built in 1927.
“I am so excited about this project and the work that has
been done,” said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. “This project is vitally important for
several reasons including economic development, environmental concerns and to
protect the integrity of this critical road.”
Bank erosion threatened to undermine Riverside Drive,
underground sewer lines, power poles, storm water drains, a guard rail, and a
historic building. If left unprotected
the Riverside Drive could have failed and posed danger to life and safety, and
impacted the city and local businesses situated along the roadway.
“This was a great investment for the community and city of
Clarksville,” said Ramune Matuliauskaite-Morales, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville
District Planning project manager. “There would have been a major impact in having
to make an alternate road or even move the road away from the river.”
Choctaw Transportation Inc., completed the project three
months ahead of schedule. The $2.3
million project began in January 2016 and consisted of repairing eroding bank
along the Cumberland River. The
contractor added five feet of clay and rock to reinforce the stream bank.
Crews cleared and prepared the site and used barges equipped
with backhoe tractors to place a layer of geotextile fabric and riprap with limestone
rock to stabilize the eroding bank.
The estimated loss and relocation costs for all endangered
facilities would have been $6.3 million.
The federal government paid 65 percent and the city of Clarksville
the remaining 35 percent in cost sharing the project. The overall cost of the
project is more than $2.3 million, and the grant that the city received from
the federal government pays more than $2.1 million of it.
said the city of Clarksville benefitted from its partnership with the Corps of
Engineers in being able to stop the erosion at this location.
“We cannot do it alone in ourselves because the Cumberland
River is important to the city of Clarksville, so that's where the Corps comes
in," said McMillian. “The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers has been a great partner to us and we are happy
about this project and collaborating in future projects with them,” said
Because the Nashville District partners with local
communities to find solutions to problems like this one, Murphy said, "We
were excited to see this project funded and able to deliver a project that reduces
the risks and consequences of continued erosion.”
(The public can obtain news, updates and information from
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website
at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.)