Happy 2017 from the Klingle Valley Trail Project! Recent construction activities have revolved largely around the various types of retaining walls on the trail. After completing the largest retaining wall on the project located on the east end of the trail, crews went right to work on constructing a smaller cast in place retaining wall with a stone and mortar facade located at the approximate mid-point of the trail (pictured above). Additionally, there are multiple existing walls throughout the project that will stay in place. Crews carefully replaced missing stones and mortar on these walls to enhance aesthetics and increase their service life.
Other recent construction activities deal with the management of stormwater on the trail. New manholes and corresponding concrete storm pipe has been installed on the west end of the trail to assist with carrying excess stormwater from the north side of the trail into the stream. Crews have also begun the construction of riprap ditches that run on the north side of the trail. These riprap ditches contain large stones that, in concert with a bioswale, with help to slow the velocity of excess stormwater run-off and allow it to be absorbed locally rather than overwhelming the stream.