Argo Dam update: Headrace reconstruction project to take place this summer
The state can take up to 90 days to review and issue a permit, said Brian Steglitz, the city of Ann Arbor's senior utilities engineer.
Construction cannot commence until a permit is received, Steglitz said.
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com
The Ann Arbor City Council voted in November to move forward with the $1.17 million project, which includes reconstructing the Argo Dam headrace and earthen embankment along the Huron River, as well as adding whitewater amenities and making trail improvements.
Gary Lacy, an engineer with Colorado-based Recreation Engineering and Planning, originally told city officials last fall he hoped to get started on the project this winter while the ground was still frozen — as opposed to muddy — and complete the work by early summer.
Steglitz said today the project deadline has not changed — it remains Nov. 1 — but the work will be completed primarily during the summer.
The headrace is a 1,500-foot canal of sorts that breaks off from the Huron River just before Argo Dam, allowing canoeists and kayakers to bypass the dam to get to downriver destinations such as Gallup Park and other points east.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has been after the city to address safety concerns with the earthen embankment that buffers the headrace from the parallel river. The $1.17 million project is expected to take care of those concerns.
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