The Town has included funding in the current budget to replace an aging 60" pipe culvert under Lee Avenue that allows Archers Creek to flow east toward Bogue Sound, and also allows tidal influence into areas west of the culvert. The existing pipe culvert was installed in the late 1970s, and has deteriorated to the point that the Lee Avenue roadway could become compromised. The Town originally planned to replace this culvert with an identical sized culvert in early 2019, however, in response to concerns from nearby property owners, the Town is now exploring the potential installation of a larger culvert or multiple culverts to enhance tidal flow in this area and promote the health of the adjacent coastal marsh.
Town staff are currently working with engineers, State and Federal regulatory officials, the NC Coastal Federation, and nearby property owners to determine the appropriate scope of work, identify practical and/or regulatory issues, and identify potential grant funding sources. It is likely that the Town will pursue this more significant effort, which would delay culvert replacement until 2020 or later, depending on the ultimate project design.
Friday, September 7, 2018 3:18:00 PM