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More Clean Soil Delivered to Oak Creek Lakefront

Officials say clean dirt is imperative to lakefront redevelopment efforts, which have been hampered by environmental problems.

One more effort to haul clean soil to the Oak Creek lakefront is taking place this week.

Trucks are continuously moving dirt from the Mitchell Interchange, where a four-year reconstruction project ended late last year, to the former DuPont site at 9150 S. 5th Ave. The trucks will be on the roads from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through at least Saturday, and possibly Monday.

Oak Creek worked out a deal with the state in 2010 in which dirt from the interchange construction project would be transported to the lakefront. Some 50,000 truck trips were made throughout 2011.

The value of the soil is believed to be in the millions of dollars, but the city got it for free. Capping the 250-acre lakefront redevelopment area with clean soil is imperative to fixing the environmental issues that have long hampered the site, city officials say.

Work on the southern end of the property—removing select areas of trees and concrete slabs, excavating along part of the bluff, treating soils—began at the end of last year. The clean soil is expected to be spread out over the land later this spring.

Oak Creek's long-term plan for the lakefront is a mix of residential, retail, commercial and public space.

Ellen C. Warren March 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I'm really wondering why it was necessary to cut down some 100+ year old trees near the cliff edge. You'd think they'd be able to adapt to having soil piled around them. Not to mention the anti-erosion foundation they supply. --- I hope whoever is commandeering this plan doesn't mindlessly destroy all the present vegetation, which currently feeds, protects and houses many species of bird, amphibian and mammal.

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