Rocky Ramp Phase II dominates Perth Council

August 30, 2017 by
The first rocky ramp is pictured as it was being constructed. The second ramp is take on a different design.

The first rocky ramp is pictured as it was being constructed. The second ramp is take on a different design.

The second phase of the Rocky Ramp project on the Tay River dominated the August 29th Perth council meeting.

Residents with properties adjacent to the first and second rocky ramps were invited to hear a presentation by Matrix Solutions engineers, to ask questions and express concerns.

Steve Braun, senior water resource engineer with Matrix told council and residents that some remedial work could be done to improve the current rocky ramp and outlined designs for the second phase.

He said, a solution to some of the problems that have been listed with the first ramp is to add some native fill and make the channel skinnier to improve flow velocity and prevent debris build up. Braun also pointed out that it takes a number of years for the river to rearrange the rocks and work it’s way through the fill and develop a more natural aesthetic.

The second rocky ramp, he said, will be a little different.  It’ll be a stepped ramp with a series of descending pools, a central fish-way like the one in the first ramp; and the shoreline will be smoothed out to eliminate areas where eddies form and debris builds.

Less than convinced Mayor John Fennik invited the consulting engineers, council and residents on a site visit of the existing rocky ramp for Tuesday, Sept 5th at 4:00 pm, followed by a walkabout at the site of Phase II for 5:00 pm.

“Council will be doing a site visitation where the new rocky ramp is going," said the Mayor. "We’re also going to look at the original rocky ramp. We’re doing the site plan for two reasons, we want to talk to the consultants and those who live around the ramps about what their concerns are and how we can get some of those concerns addressed in the design of the new rocky ramp.”

Following the site visits the discussion will continue at a special Town Council meeting at Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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