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Dair Creek & Landis Road Crossing Replacement

December 31, 2012

Before – 2 x 3’ diameter culverts with cement bag headwalls

After – bottomless arch 18’2” span, 27’ long, 4’7” rise installed

Original culverts    

During construction

Embankments stabilized

Spillways installed

The Betsie River is a State designated Natural River known for salmon & steelhead fishing. Dair Creek is the coldest & second largest tributary to the Betsie and provides critical escape & spawning habitat in a watershed that is known to have extreme water temperatures on the mainstem during summer & winter months. With the replacement of the aging, undersized 3’ diameter corrugated culverts where Landis Road crosses Dair Creek, a bottomless arch now spans the creek providing full passage of aquatic life and a natural stream bottom under the road. 

Project Cost: $109,427

Best Management Practices

  • Replaced twin 3’ diameter culverts with a bottomless aluminum arch 18’ 2” span x 4’ 7” rise, 27’ long
  • Road grading & 2 spillways
  • Fieldstone placement
  • Grading embankments & revegetation

Project Benefits

  • Improved fish passage to 3 miles of Dair Creek & tributaries  upstream
  • Natural movement of woody debris, substrate, aquatic insects
  • Reduce scouring of streambed
  • Provide natural stream bottom under road
  • Halt annual input of approximately 124.7 tons of sediment from road runoff from entering Dair Creek

Contributors

Environmental Protection Agency – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Benzie County Road Commission
Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Partners involved

Betsie River Watershed Restoration Committee including the following partners - Conservation Resource Alliance, Benzie County Road Commission, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Division, KPM Engineering, Team Elmers’


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