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Update April 13, 2015

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM by Michlynn St. John

Heavy construction equipment to dredge the bottom of the lakeThe contractor is approximately 25% complete with the excavation work on the channel. They are currently working on the deepest section of the channel, which is approximately 9 feet in depth. They have also completed the footers that form the base of the ledgestone walls. In the section of the drainage channel where they are currently working, the walls will step down to meet the water, which will be around 18 inches in depth. The drainage channel gradually slopes down to where it meets the lake and the ledgestone border around the lake is only 2 stones high.

Greenscaping will also complete the concrete border work for the new playground next week and then they will begin work on installing the new playground and 30-foot pavilion on the west side of the channel.

Project & 4thFest Impacts
The contractor's schedule will not impact the event. They are still on schedule to be complete with the channel work before 4thFest, with the exception of some landscaping that will be installed at the end of the project. There are no anticipated impacts on the primary 4thFest site.

FAQs
When will the lake be drained?
When rain occurs, staff must drain a little out of the lake to get water out of the channel to accommodate the construction. In addition, it was determined that immediately following 4thFest, the lake will be drained as much as possible to facilitate the dredging.

What about the birds and fish in the lake?
The City of Bedford was required to submit and have approved an Aquatic Resource Relocation Plan. This plan was approved by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). This plan allows the City of Bedford to relocate the game fish.

In addition, staff from TPWD have conducted 2 site visits the Boys Ranch Lake. Once in December 2014 and again on Friday, April 10, 2015. They inspected the lake, surrounding area and the island to look for any protected nesting migratory or native birds. During both instances they found no evidence of such activity.