A $1.2 million construction project is scheduled to begin late October at the Lake Improvement Commission's new 104-acre spoil site.
Arcadia-based contractors Leroy and Sons were awarded the project in August, at $700,000 below the engineer's original estimated cost, and are anxious to begin, commission administrator Jim Patrick said during the LIC's Sept. 19 meeting.
Per a lease agreement, work can begin as soon as crops are harvested. According to engineer Bob Payer, I&S Group, the contractors then have 300 days to complete the project, which should be sufficient time.
"Unless there's an extremely wet spring...we anticipate having it done on time," Payer said, noting the project deadlines on Aug. 15, 2013.
September has proven to be a decent month for dredging.
The current spoil site continues to fill up, with 224,000 cubic yards dredged this year, said infrastructure superintendent Pat Kelly.
"We need a good October," he said. "It would be nice to be able to get to 300,000 (cubic yards)."
To date, the dredging project has pulled 3.5 million cubic yards of silt from the lake.