Fayette County


Peachtree City eager to get started on Lake Peachtree spillway replacement

Time won’t be wasted building a new spillway for Lake Peachtree if staff has their way. At Thursday’s Peachtree City City Council meeting, City Manager Jon Rorie updated the status and timeline for the spillway replacement, now that dredging has been completed.
The aim is to get the ball rolling right away on design and engineering, with construction starting in Sept. 2017 and finishing by May 2018.
“It doesn’t make any sense to be doing [construction] in June and July,” said Rorie. “We’re trying to time this in a way that has the least amount of impact.”
Geotechnical testing has already been done to determine that the site along Kelly Drive will be suitable for the new spillway set to be built to the strict Category 1 standards. The design and engineering team will be composed of project manager ISE, geotechnical engineer of record Schnabel Engineering, project ecologist Corblu Ecology, and Annette Bowman, who will handle aesthetics and landscape design.
Four different design options will be considered, with a goal of being able to keep the lake full, or close to it, during construction.
“We’re going to try not to have to drain the lake,” said Rorie.
In order to keep the timeline intact, the process has to start almost immediately. At the next meeting Apr. 21, staff will seek funding approval of about $300,000 for the design portion of the project. ISE will also likely have a presentation about regulatory, technical, and environmental aspects of the replacement.
“We need to be starting with the engineering and design of this now,” he said. “If we don’t have the funding, don’t start the design, we don’t hit the targets of trying to replace this between September 2017 and May 2019.
“Time is of the essence.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.