Sewer Districtís Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project Underway

Euclid Creek construction is under way and will continue through January.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District began the Euclid Creek Shoaling Removal Project in mid-November and will continue work through late January. The project is located directly south of the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Marcella Road and will improve conveyance of stormwater in the channel.  The project will focus on removing “shoaling”, which is another term for sand, gravel and woody material that has accumulated in the creek.

The Sewer District is performing the shoaling removal under their Regional Stormwater Management Program.  The Stormwater Program addresses problems related to stormwater runoff from hard surfaces. Runoff contributes to regional stream flooding, erosion, and water-quality issues, and the program improves the Sewer District’s ability to address stormwater problems that cross community boundaries.

The lower section of Euclid Creek has a history of flood management and erosion control.  In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed stone walls along portions of the stream banks north of Villaview Road. In the 1980s, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) modified the WPA walls, constructed a concrete channel, and enlarged the opening at the Lakeshore Blvd bridge to improve stormwater capacity.

In the early 1990s, the concrete channel was extended an additional 600 feet downstream by USACE as part on Emergency Streambank Rehabilitation Project. The USACE requires the concrete channel be maintained regularly and relatively free from debris; this requirement provides adequate stormwater capacity and flood protection.

The project includes excavation of approximately 7400 cubic yards of sediment and removal of weedy vegetation along Euclid Creek. Construction will be limited to the 1500-foot concrete-lined channel as well as the vacant lot on the south side of the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Marcella Road. Orange construction fencing has been placed around the construction area. Construction traffic (including tarped dump trucks) will travel east and west along Lakeshore Boulevard; trucks will not use Marcella Road, Brian Avenue, or other neighborhood streets. The Sewer District has an agreement with the City of Cleveland that allows crews to access Euclid Creek when necessary to perform this critical maintenance.

Questions about this project can be directed to the Sewer District’s Customer Service Department at (216) 881-8247 or askus@neorsd.org.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017