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Kinney Creek & Stanley Road Crossing Replacement

October 1, 2012

Before - inlet

Before - outlet

After - inlet

After - outlet

Before - evidence of pooling & draining into stream

After - 2 spillways & grading work of road

The Platte River is a State designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream and flows into Lake Michigan in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.  Kinney Creek is a tributary that flows mostly through forested State lands, and has pockets of gravel beds making the stream a haven for trout escape cover and spawning habitat.

The Platte River Watershed has 98 road/stream crossings and site #I-17 is where Stanley Road crosses Kinney Creek. With the replacement of the aging, undersized 2’ diameter concrete and 1.5’ diameter corrugated culverts, a bottomless 10’’ 11” span, 27’ long arch now spans Kinney Creek providing full passage of aquatic life and a natural stream bottom under the road. 

Project Cost: $55,856

Best Management Practices

  • Replaced 1.5’ & 2’ diameter culverts with a bottomless aluminum arch 10’ 11” span x 4’ 3” rise, 27’ long
  • Road grading & 2 spillways
  • Fieldstone placement
  • Grading embankments & revegetation

Project Benefits

  • Improved fish passage to 4 miles of Kinney 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 up to 64.7 tons of sediment from road runoff from entering Kinney Cree

Contributors

Environmental Protection Agency – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Benzie County Road Commission

Partners

Conservation Resource Alliance, Benzie County Road Commission, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, KPM Engineering, Benzie Conservation District, and Team Elmers’


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