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UPDATE: Alum Spring Park could reopen to vehicles on Wednesday
UPDATE: I’ve now spoken with Bob Antozzi, director of Fredericksburg’s parks, recreation and facilities.
He hopes to have the park open to vehicles on Wednesday at the latest.
The park closed to vehicle traffic this morning to again address a hole in the concrete that vehicles travel on while fording Hazel Run.
The park had closed to vehicle traffic earlier this month after city employees discovered a significant hole in the concrete that resulted from the force of waters passing along the run.
The park, which has picnic tables, grills, play equipment, and trails, is open year-round and had started operating on its summer hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 1.
Three days later, after discovering the hole in the concrete, a crew installed an 8-foot by 10-foot steel plate that more than covered it, Antozzi said.
He said the pressure of the waterway beneath the plate pushed it off.
City staff removed the plate on Thursday and placed bags of rocks in pervious bags in the hole as a quick-fix they didn’t expect to last long.
That’s why on Monday morning staff returned there to put in place a new solution Antozzi hopes will hold for at least a year.
The permanent solution is a bridge over Hazel Run but that would cost roughly $1 million, Antozzi said. The city’s budget doesn’t include that expense.
Employees created a “cofferdam” this morning to direct the waters from the hole area so they could dig it deeper and then install hydraulic cement—a cement that can harden under water—and rebar.
Antozzi said he’s confident this fix will hold but said staff will check on it at least bi-weekly.