The Project Wide Advisory Committee is looking at a new alternative to fix the sloughing problem at the Morse Boulevard bridge embankment.
This option would come with a pricetag ranging from $1.1 million to $800,000.
Nearly three years ago, PWAC had voted to move forward with a $1.7 million rock revetment project. However, ever since Hurricane Irma in 2017, the water level of Lake Sumter has been high and the project never moved forward.
Amber Gartner of Kimley-Horn Associates Inc. on Monday morning presented three options previously considered by PWAC, as well as the Geoweb stone reinforced slope idea.
The Geoweb option is less costly than the rock revetment alternative, the pricetag for which has climbed to an estimated $1.8 million for the full shoreline
You can see Gartner’s entire presentation at this link: KHA_-_PowerPoint
PWAC member Don Wiley said he favored the Geoweb option due to the cost and because it would require less maintenance.
However, he offered a warning.
“The cosmetics on this are going to be important because it is going to be very visible,” Wiley said.
Gartner said the Geoweb option would be covered with “natural vegetation” that could be identified during the design phase.
“This seems to be the direction we probably should pursue,” said PWAC member Don Broznick, representing Community Development District 11. He said PWAC would be getting “more bang for the buck.”
No decision has been reached. PWAC members indicated they would like to see more information.