Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Construction on Breakwater Project

June 13, 2018
Work begins Monday on Madison breakwater
Boaters, visitors urged to approach site with caution

Construction will begin Monday June 18 on the installation of a floating wave attenuator at Madison Landing at Barnett Reservoir, officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced Wednesday.

Also known as a breakwater, the structure will offer protection for the loading and unloading of boats at the popular ramp in Ridgeland on the lower end of the 33,000-acre lake. Work is scheduled to take about a month.

Heavy equipment will begin arriving on Monday and actual installation of approximately 260 feet of breakwater will begin later in the week. The two-piece system involves floating concrete “barges” held in place by steel pilings. After the breakwater is in place, new floating courtesy piers to assist boaters at the ramps will be installed to replace the aging concrete piers.

While public access to the ramp will remain open during construction, the western-most ramp - the one nearest Cock of the Walk restaurant - of the launch’s three sections will be closed for the duration of the work. Boaters launching at the ramp during construction are urged to use caution when launching boats and when returning to the landing.

The new structure is intended as a breakwater only, and will not serve as a pier. At no time during or after construction should boaters tie off to any breakwater structure, including pilings, or access the breakwater in any way.

This project is made possible by the federal Sportfish Restoration Fund, administered through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

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