BRADENTON -- Details of the long-delayed Wares Creek project will be the topic Tuesday during a Town Hall meeting for the public.
The informational meeting will focus on Phase I of the upcoming dredging project, which has been discussed for decades, but now is finally becoming a reality: Officials have scheduled a Nov. 14 groundbreaking.
Putting on the presentation Tuesday will be officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the project, and the Manatee County government staff, according to Nick Azzara, county information outreach coordinator.
During the $3.5 million first phase of the project, contractor Transwest Dredge will haul an estimated 37,000 cubic yards of silt and mud from the creek, between the Ninth Avenue Bridge and the Manatee Avenue Bridge.
The dredged material will be dried at the former Bradenton City Hall site, at 15th Street West and Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, then trucked to the Lena Road Landfill for disposal.
The entire project entails three phases, costing $45.5 million altogether, officials have said previously.
The Town Hall meeting is slated for 6 p.m. at the Ballard Elementary School auditorium, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton.
The groundbreaking is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the former site of the Bradenton City Hall.
The public is welcome to attend both events.
The project focuses on the east branch of Cedar Hammock, which flows north through Manatee County and into the city of Bradenton, where it becomes Wares Creek. It is designed to reduce flood risk and related issues within the Cedar Hammock-Wares Creek Basin.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.