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Wilson Boulevard / US-21 / Lake Elizabeth: 4 October 2015   3 comments

Posted at 12:58 am in closing

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I finally made it out the the break in US-21/Wilson Boulevard the other week. It's not a big break as things go, but as far as I can tell, no work whatsoever has been done on it. I have to admit that this surprises me a little: A US route is supposed to mean something even if they aren't what they were back in the pre-Interstate days.

At this time, Lake Elizabeth is basically a pasture with some streams cutting across it. I am not able to embed a google map for some reason, but if you look at this link you can see an aerial view. It's sort of interesting in that the different zoom levels were taken on different dates. At this zoom: No lake. Zoom in one level farther: Lake!

I did a closing once on the adjacent convenience store. At the time, it was (or was no longer..) an AM PM. Now it is Ez Xpress. For some reason it was not not open on this Saturday evening, but as far as I could tell, it was not defunct.

Written by ted on June 22nd, 2017

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  1. A couple of months back The State ran an article talking about plans to repair it after local homeowners deemed it too expensive to repair the dam to tougher safety standards and the need to stabilize the ground underneath...it's to start this fall and reopen next spring...

    Andrew

    22 Jun 17 at 1:41 pm

  2. The amazing thing to me is when you compare your pictures to the "before" pictures from Google Streetview. You can see the power of water in that everything above the dam was removed completely except for the control mechanism for 1 of the gates. I'm wondering if all 3 of the gates had been opened before the storm in 2015 and if not, if it would have saved the dam.

    Matt Aslin

    23 Jun 17 at 8:21 am

  3. It's frankly embarrassing that not only has this not been fixed yet, nothing at all has been done. It's been close to TWO YEARS and all that's happened is the bridge closure signs were put up while a small HOA, who said days after the flood that they lacked the money to rebuild the dam, hemmed and hawed with the state and the Army CoE over what they were going to do about the dam that they did not have the money to repair or replace.

    Only a couple of weeks ago did the bid period for dam removal, bridge replacement, and breach approval end. Bids came in between $1.9 and $2.9 million to fix this mess.

    Jason

    26 Jun 17 at 1:08 pm

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