5th Avenue Dam Removal - News & Updates
- November 15, 2013 1:14 am at 1:14 am #477639
Construction Crews to Finish Olentangy River Project
Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 08:02 PM EST
COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael) — The river reconstruction along the Olentangy River is almost complete after the Fifth Avenue dam was removed a year ago. The project aimed to create a more natural flow through the campus area.
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first I had heard of this….that would be great news.
The Main Street dam is expected to be demolished in about three weeks, followed by a two-year project to re-create narrower banks through downtown.November 17, 2013 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #477640
Walked the project length the other day, overall it looks pretty good. Trees and shrubs seem to be hanging on, the live stakes, aint live no more. Looks like the perennials are not doing so well, the bee-balm seems to be the only plant that has survived. I wish the contractors would do a better job cleaning up after themselves, it was amazing how many plastic ties are laying around from their stake bundles. My only disappointment is that the area south of the student union is not walkable, you have to jump back on the bike path to walk that section.November 17, 2013 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #477641
first I had heard of this….that would be great news.
The Main Street dam is expected to be demolished in about three weeks, followed by a two-year project to re-create narrower banks through downtown.
Here we go again!November 18, 2013 2:29 pm at 2:29 pm #477642
Looks like the perennials are not doing so well, the bee-balm seems to be the only plant that has survived.
I haven’t had a close or comprehensive look too recently, but I recall a contractor comment in the Dispatch months ago that the geese are eating too many of the new plant shoots preventing them from taking root. I wonder if and how that problem was remedied b/c the geese sure haven’t departed.
My only disappointment is that the area south of the student union is not walkable, you have to jump back on the bike path to walk that section.
In addition to the above-cited inaccessible parts of the east bank, I also haven’t seen how any of the new areas on the west bank will be easily accessible. There’s no parking areas or pathways from Olentangy River Blvd, or even on foot or bike off of any of the bridges, are there? Though it will become more scenic once vegetated, it seems like the west bank is now a larger territory ripe for new homeless camps. Perhaps those areas were never intended to be accessible, just to be viewed from the bike path and the bridges?November 19, 2013 2:31 am at 2:31 am #477643
There’s no parking areas or pathways from Olentangy River Blvd, or even on foot or bike off of any of the bridges, are there? Though it will become more scenic once vegetated, it seems like the west bank is now a larger territory ripe for new homeless camps. Perhaps those areas were never intended to be accessible, just to be viewed from the bike path and the bridges?
I agree, but I think that’s more of a symptom of Olentangy River Road itself. South of 3rd they’re working to make it more bike and pedestrian friendly, but most of it if unsafe for anything but motor vehicles. It’s really a shame too. You would think OSU would be interested in putting up sidewalks or something at least, given how many people park far away and walk along Olentangy during game days.November 19, 2013 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #477644
Visually there’s been a dramatic improvement in water quality north of 5th avenue. Last Saturday afternoon I stood on Woody Hayes bridge and watched a clear flowing Olentangy. That would have been unheard of 2 years ago.
The river banks are kind of bleak, but that will correct itself.November 27, 2013 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #477645
Looks like north of the bridge i use to get from Ag campus to Med campus they’ve cleared out all the non-native invasive bush honeysuckle :)December 21, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm #477646
The river is as high as I’d ever seen it before the dam was removed. Had to detour multiple times on my way home from downtown. I wasn’t in a huge hurry, so I kept going back to the path to be close to the raging river full of huge logs.
Before the thaw, I noticed great blue herons in the midst of the flocks of geese. Never noticed them in wintry conditions before. I wonder if the fishing might have improved.December 21, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm #477647
This flood event will be Nature vs. Engineering. The latest gauge data from Worthington is about 6400 cubic feet per second.
Think of one cubic foot of water. Now line up 6400 of them, more than a mile long. Now shoot that by in one second.June 18, 2014 7:19 am at 7:19 am #1025146
Does anybody know if the orange construction fence will be taken down along the trail? I’m pretty sure the fence made the goose problem worse by creating a place for geese to hang out where people and dogs can’t bother them.September 4, 2014 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm #1038726
Fifth Avenue Dam Removal and Olentangy River Restoration Project Complete
September 4, 2014 2:26 pm – Walker Evans
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is commonly referred to as “Bikin’ Mike” due to his commitment to biking infrastructure and common spandex-clan sightings. Today, he can add “Canoein’ Mike” to his dossier, as he arrived at a press conference this morning where local officials celebrated the completion of the Olentangy River Restoration Project.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/fifth-avenue-dam-removal-and-olentangy-river-restoration-project-completeSeptember 5, 2014 8:44 am at 8:44 am #1038877
Pics from yesterday:
Columbus had a celebration at the dam site. Mayor Coleman was among a group who paddled (and dragged) down the river from Tuttle Park to the overlook where the dam used to be.
Coleman giving a speech, in shorts and wet shoes
Looking south from the King Ave. bridge, toward the former dam site
Looking north – the water is clear and moving and you can see a stony bottom. Sweet! They constructed some weirs along the banks.
There’s still a lot of temporary orange fencing. They were having a tough time getting grasses to grow because the geese were eating everything. I overheard one city official say the plastic coyotes didn’t fool the geese.September 5, 2014 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1039013
is it deep enough to kayak in that area?September 5, 2014 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm #1039017
It depends on how much flow there is. Keep an eye on the gauge at Wilson Bridge Road:
If it’s below 100 CFS you’ll probably have to drag the boat over some of the riffles.
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