Work begins on downtown river project

Anyone taking a stroll downtown along the river will notice work in progress and the Davey’s Wave structure — a river landmark for the past several years — consigned to the rubble of Pagosa area history.

With approval letters from the Army Corps of Engineers and Colorado Division of Wildlife received by Pagosa Springs staff on Wednesday, Riverbend Engineering started work first thing Thursday on Phase I of the river restoration project.

Aside from the removal of Davey’s Wave, Phase I of the project calls for the installation of an upstream cross vane structure as well as a new whitewater feature to be installed in front of the Visitor’s Center. The new structure will have a net drop in water surface of two feet, while the cross vane structure, just upstream from the current location of Davey’s Wave, will have a net drop of 1 foot.

Phase I will also include habitat structures installed neat the Sixth Street bend, complying with Colorado Division of Wildlife mandates for the “Fishing is Fun” project. “Work on the whitewater structures are our first priority,” Phillips said, “But as work on those structures slows down, we’ll start moving manpower and equipment for the installation of those structures, probably by early next week.”

According to Chris Phillips, work on the entire phase of the project should take a total of two weeks. “The weather is cooperating because it’s staying cold,” Phillips said, “We just hope there’s not a lot of snow or warm weather.”

More details of the project will be printed in Thursday’s edition of The SUN.

jim@pagosasun.com


SUN photo/James Robinson
Say good-bye to Davey’s Wave. The in-river structure was removed Thursday as work commenced on the downtown river project. Aside from the removal of Davey’s Wave, Phase I of the project calls for the installation of an upstream cross vane structure as well as a new whitewater feature to be installed in front of the Visitor’s Center.