Board of Works approves $60K to fix an erosion issue under Happy Hollow

Emergency funds were approved by the West Lafayette Board of Works to stop erosion from a creek going under Happy Hollow Road. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)
Emergency funds were approved by the West Lafayette Board of Works to stop erosion from a creek going under Happy Hollow Road. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette city engineers are asking for $60,000 in emergency funds to stop erosion from a creek going under Happy Hollow Road.

The Board of Works approved the request Tuesday morning.

As part of the road reconstruction project, the state highway department ordered the city to replace the old culvert with a larger structure. Officials say the new culvert changed the angle of flow in the creek causing rocks and sand to wash away at a faster pace along the creek bank.

City Project manager Ed Garrison said they need to act quickly before it starts affecting the road.

“It’s already a pretty steep bank to begin with and now as the bank gets a little closer to the roadway, eventually you have to be concerned about what it’s going to do with the road coming down,” Garrison said.

He said the initial plan was to keep the smaller culvert.

“We put it in. We didn’t necessarily agree with it,” said Garrison. “It did raise the total price of the contract, but hindsight’s 20/20. We wouldn’t have expected what’s happening now based on that decision then.”

Garrison said they are eventually expanding the creek bank to ease the flow into the culvert, but the first step is stopping the erosion using large stones next to the road.

This project will not delay the Happy Hollow Road project, which is slated to wrap up by the end of the year.

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