Fayette County


County hopes lake dredging will be finished by mid June

The county funded dredging of Lake Peachtree is still scheduled to be completed by June 15, in time to allow Peachtree City to put on its annual July 4 fireworks display.
According to County Administrator Steve Rapson, the dredging is subject to the whims of mother nature, and has been delayed thus far by long stretches of rain.
In order to expedite the dredging, Rapson said the county and city had agreed with Massana Construction to begin extend dredging operations through the night, from 7 p.m. to dawn.
Rapson said this would not only allow for the dredging to be done more quickly, but also could help mitigate traffic and safety concerns, as truckloads of dredged material have to be removed via Highway 54.
“What we’re trying to do is catch up all the time that they lost for the weather so we don’t impact the July 4th fireworks,” Rapson said. “If we have [sunny days] until June, that probably won’t be a problem.”
Rapson said the June 15 finish date includes the completion of the dredging as well as clean up of the area, meaning that if that target is met then Drake Field should be available for the fireworks display.
Peachtree City announced recently that, if the dredging takes longer than scheduled, the fireworks display may have to be postponed to Labor Day.