Riverlook Gateway Update

(July 13, 2012)

The Augusta Canal Authority voted at its July 12 meeting to move forward with the Riverlook Drive Gateway. Canal Authority staff and members of its trails subcommittee will develop detailed plans to address issues raised by neighborhood residents including security, traffic and upkeep. The updated plan may include additional lighting, security cameras and gates to secure the parking area after hours.

New Gateway at Riverlook Drive Planned

(June 21, 2012)

To provide additional safe and attractive access to the Augusta Canal, the Augusta Canal Authority proposes creating a new entrance and parking area at the end of the cul-de-sac on Riverlook Drive on a vacant residential lot now owned by Augusta Utilities. The project will provide public access to pedestrians and non-motorized traffic to the wooden bridge leading to the Raw Water Pumping Station area, the Augusta Canal towpath and the mountain bike trail. (This access is presently shut off by a fence and gate accessible only to Utilities employees.) The project will replace the Eisenhower Park access point that requires users to walk along the CSX railroad right-of-way and cross a narrow metal bridge.

The gateway plan includes an attractive brick and black extruded aluminum fence, gate and plantings to replace the chain link/barbed wire around the Riverlook cul-de-sac (similar to the structures now at the Goodrich Street/Levee Road entrance on the east side of the pumping station.) The project also includes a new driveway leading to a graveled parking area for approximately 43 vehicles on and near the former residential parcel at 2441 Riverlook Drive. Most of the existing large trees will remain and new trees and shrubbery will be planted along the edge of the project in keeping with Augusta’s Tree Ordinance standards. This will screen the back yards of homes on Deodora Drive. The entrance will have new, professionally designed welcome and regulatory signage.

The Canal Authority and Augusta Utilities Department will share maintenance responsibilities. Construction should begin in September or October and be completed in early 2013.

Comments on the gateway project may be submitted in writing through July 2, 2012 by E-MAIL to riverlookgateway@gmail.com or regular mail to Augusta Canal Authority, P.O.Box 2367, Augusta GA 30903-2367. Questions: Russell Foster, project manager 706-823-0440 x 9 or Rebecca Rogers, marketing and external affairs, 706-823-0440 x 3.