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Project Spotlight - Cooper's Ditch Dredging
- Public Hearing – June 18, 2015
- Design Completion – Late Summer 2015
- Advertisement – Fall 2015
- Construction Start – Early 2016
The City of Chesapeake improved Cooper's Ditch and portions of Poplar Branch in the late 1980's by widening and deepening the waterways to add additional hydraulic capacity to relieve localized flooding in the area. In 2007, as a result of increasing flooding problems in the area, the City conducted a basin-wide flood control study and identified certain improvements required to reduce flooding.
The City desires to restore the hydraulic capacity of the areas previously dredged by removing the sediment build up and restoring the ditch's bottom profile. Since the original dredging was conducted over 30 years ago, environmental regulations have substantially changed. Dredging will comply with State and Federal environmental permits.
- Kimley-Horn Associates
Estimate Project Costs:
The allocated budget for the current maintenance dredging effort is $2 million. The project will need to be done in phases to accommodate budgetary constraints.