Shipley’s Choice Dam Rehabilitation Project
In an effort to keep the community updated on the construction project to remove the Shipley’s Choice Dam, this page will be updated periodically to reflect the currently known status of the project as it is reported to the Community Association.
Phase 1 Work at W Benfield Rd
1. The new box culvert is installed and the stream is flowing through it. Paydirt is completing streambank grading downstream of the culvert.
2. Reinstallation of the utility lines in the roadway (over the new culvert) will commence in mid February. After the road embankment and paving is completed, the road will reopen this spring.
Phase 2 Work at the Dam Site
1. Paydirt will begin work again at the dam site on February 3rd.
2. Work to be accomplished in the coming months includes dam removal and stream restoration. All work at the dam site should be completed by this summer.
West Benfield Road will remain closed until the new culvert is installed, utility lines are reinstalled over the new culvert, and the road embankment and pavement is reconstructed. It is anticipated that the road will reopen in spring 2020.
A precise road opening date cannot be given at this time, with the amount of work remaining for culvert installation and weather uncertainties. The County will continue to work with Paydirt and their subcontractors to expedite construction and open the road ASAP.
Anticipated dates for major work are as follows:
North Fork Bear Branch Stream Restoration
The County’s Engineering Consultant, Brown and Caldwell, is designing the restoration of 3600 linear feet of stream and the retrofit/decommissioning of BMP 4449. The project area extends from Benfield Boulevard upstream to Red Birch Road.
Brown and Caldwell completed the 30% design in March 2019. Once the design is completed, construction should begin in 2022. The construction start was pushed back one year after schedule refinement with Brown and Caldwell.
A community meeting will be scheduled in the future to discuss the project design and solicit comments from the