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2016 Annual Activity Report

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BEAVER CREEK FLOOD IMPROVEMENTS: In 2001, the City of Bristol, Tennessee, entered into an agreement with the Department of Army on behalf of itself and Bristol, Va., to conduct a feasibility study for flood reduction on Beaver Creek. The resulting detailed project report and environmental assessment was completed in 2004 delineating project options and establishing a best course of action based on a cost-benefit basis and related criteria necessary for the federal government to cost-share in the project. MAJOR PROJECTS The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the widening of Beaver Creek from Anderson Street to just downstream of 8 th Street in order to reduce downtown flood elevations. The resulting plan identified four flood reduction elements to be undertaken, including, removal of the Sears building and channel improvements, modifications to the dam in Sugar Hollow Park, channel widening near 6th Street Extension, and channel improvements and removal of bridges at 8th Street. Phase one of the project consists of channel improvements at the former Sears building site. The improvements include the removal of the existing box culvert in Beaver Creek, sloping of the creek banks, creation of a plaza area, installation of a permanent parking area, landscaping and lighting. The project will create a new public space to complement the existing vibrant downtown areas and further the renaissance of State Street and the community. The project was designed and construction is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. The construction contract was awarded to Aspen Construction from Hackensack, Minnesota. The final phase will widen the channel on the north side of Beaver Creek south of Anderson Street to about 200 yards below the 8th Street bridge — adjacent to the Penn Stuart law firm parking spaces. Leaders of both Bristols agreed years ago to support the $6.9 million project to lessen the likelihood of significant downtown flooding. The federal government is providing $4.4 million and both Bristol city governments are jointly funding about $2.5 million. Beaver Creek

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