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Mill Creek Landing closed for dredging

by Larry Chowning

Last week the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) closed Mill Creek Landing at Wake on the Rappahannock River through April to dredge sand from the front and inside of the boat ramp and install sheet piling to inhibit further sand accumulation.

Since last April the Middlesex Board of Supervisors has been encouraging DGIF to repair the landing because sand silting along the edges of the ramp has inhibited boats from using the landing except at high tide.

All permits have been obtained and the work will start in the next few weeks. Dredging is expected to be finished by mid-March and the landing reopened by mid-April.

After dredging, a hydrographic survey will have to be conducted to determine the quantity of sand removed and depth verification, said DGIF spokesperson Ed Carr.

Currently, parking areas are closed. Boat ramp closed signs have been installed by the state at the intersection of Wake Road and Carlton Road, and at the top of the hill leading to the ramp.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.27.2013

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