Levee Updates

November 27, 2019

The short term goal is to complete the work under the Main Street bridge this winter. This includes work on the walking path, installation of rip rap to secure the water side of the earthen dam and new walls. This winter, they'll also work on the "stop logs" that will slide into the openings in the levee wall when high water approaches. 
 
The Mill's water wheel has been moved up and towards the cistern, that held the water that flowed to turn the wheel. It's a great place for it as it can be seen, though it will no longer operate.  While digging around the Mill, they found the foundation for the original mill.  Rohde will save a piece of that foundation for the Museum, who is happy to get it.  
 
A lot of this work is in concrete -- which should be poured when temperatures are 20 degrees or higher. They are using blankets now to help keep the heat for better cure.  If concrete is poured at temperatures under 20 degrees, it can cause "concrete shock" -- a condition we don't want with the new levee walls and sidewalks. 
 
As the project moves east, the corner of Rostall and Gunzenhausen will be open to traffic --  Gunzenhausen will remain closed to through traffic in the work zone for the time being. We are working on an emergency services plan for Snowfest. 
 
No work will happen over the Thanksgiving holiday -- including work on the M83 bridge.  

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October 18, 2019
Today, crews began pouring the sidewalk along the levee.

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October 15, 2019 Update:
Crews began pouring concrete into the piles. 

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October 10, 2019 Update:
Today, construction crews began placing the retaining wall. They also started working on the walkway along the levee.

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October 8, 2019 Update:
Today, construction crews began drilling the piles for the levee.                      

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As you may have heard, the City and the Downtown Development Authority are undertaking a large construction project that will ensure the downtown has adequate flood protection for the foreseeable future. As part of the improvements, a new Riverwalk will also be constructed.

Work is expected to begin immediately and may take 15 months to complete. The project is generally broken into 3 phases: Gunzenhausen to the Mill; the Mill to the Covered Bridge and the Covered Bridge to the end of the levee(generally behind the Cheese Haus). The contractor, Rohde Brothers, Inc., will begin at Gunzenhausen Street and Rosstal and work east toward Main Street. This portion of work is estimated to be completed sometime this winter. During this portion of the work, Gunzenhausen will be closed to through traffic and used for construction staging and materials storage. Work will also be performed along the river side of Gunzenhausen Street. Construction work is permitted from 7 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday. The City may also give the contractor permission, upon request, to work on Sundays.

We know the street closure is inconvenient but it is necessary. The contractor and the inspection team are using the former Lager Mill as a construction office, so you will see people in the parking lot and occupying the building.

This page will be updated with additional information as the project progresses.

Should you have any questions, please contact the City at 989-652-9901 or via email at bsmith@frankenmuthcity.com.