The Grand River Conservation Authority has begun work on the dike and river channel in Brantford to restore storm sewer outlet function and increase river channel capacity for floodwater and ice passage.
Due to begin on Oct. 1, the GRCA has been working downstream of Veterans Memorial Bridge in the neighbourhood Eagle Place on River Road. The work, expected to be completed in three months, will be carried out along the base of concrete slabs, which protect the face of the dike.
Staging and construction access for the work will take place off Market Street South through Rivergreen Park. Another part of the work will reduce the height of the sediment bar in the river channel along River Road, from about Gladstone Avenue to Marlene Avenue, by about one metre. The work will restore the storm sewer outlet function for the area and increase river channel capacity for floodwater and ice passage.
A section of the flood wall will be temporarily removed to allow trucks and equipment to access the area. Typically river flows at this time of year are low; however, a contingency plan is in place in the event of higher flows. There will be periodic lane closures along River Road to allow for the work.
To accommodate this work, Rivergreen Park and the City of Brantford trail will be closed from Earl Haig Park to Strathcona Avenue from October to December.
The public is encouraged to follow the posted detours that are outlined in the attached map.