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1913 Bridge remains to be removed from White River
« on: August 06, 2006, 06:51:26 PM »
A bridge in the White River in Anderson since 1913 is proposed to be removed soon.  

Bridge remains to be removed from White River
1913 wreckage a nuisance to recreation, aesthetics

A heap of 93-year-old debris could be on its way out of the White River.

On Wednesday at Anderson Public Library, the White River Citizens Advisory Council heard a presentation from Phil Tevis of Flat Land Resources LLC outlining the removal of bridge remains that have desecrated the White River since William Howard Taft was president.

“In a 1913 flood, the railroad washed out and fell into the river and the debris was left in the river,” Tevis said. “Removing it will improve public safety on the river and improve public access on the river.”

The wreckage is located between the Broadway and Madison Avenue bridges. Tevis said railroad ties were not firmly attached to the bridge and, when the flood occurred, it left twisted spires of rail jutting out from the surface of the water.

“It’s a hazard to canoers, it’s a hazard to kayakers,” said John Bundy, a citizen representative who serves on the council. “As far as a fish habitat it doesn’t matter. The idea is not to take it all out, there could be some 12 feet under the surface. We just want to remove what’s sticking out.”

According to the proposal prepared by Flat Land Resources, the project is expected to cost just $12,000 because much of the debris can be sold for scrap. The removal itself is expected to cost $10,500 and a Department of Natural Resources permit an additional $1,500.

But the permit could be the most difficult hurdle to clear. Tevis has prepared a simplified permit application that could quickly be approved by the DNR, but the agency could also reject it and request a more thorough permit that could take four to six months to approve.

Bundy said others have tried to remove the wreckage with a winch, to no avail. He said it must be lifted out.

“The big concern is whether all this is hooked together and will it come apart after all this time?” he said. “A huge sediment deposit has developed there. You’re talking about hundreds of thousands of pounds of sediment.”

Once the permit application has been signed by the city of Anderson, Tevis will send it to the DNR for approval. He said the river is at “low flow” this time of year and that will facilitate the removal process.

The project is a joint effort between White River Rescue and the city of Anderson.

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith spoke early in the meeting, praising the council for its work in fostering the river trail.

“We hope to have a river trail that traverses the city from east to west,” he said. “Recreation, physical fitness, quality of life; these are all important issues. I appreciate everything you do.”
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