24 July 2020

Main trail through central Curtis Prairie

The main trail in central Curtis Prairie has reopened and the Coyote Pond portion of the project has finished. Dredging continues intermittently when material has dried enough after rains.

29 June

Reed canary grass was treated a second time. Dredging continues intermittently when material has dried enough after rains.

1 June 2020

Rain has delayed most project work. Reed canary grass was treated in Curtis Prairie late the week of May 18. The Coyote Pond pipe was relined over the weekend.

4 May 2020

An excavator dredges Curtis Pond
Dredging Curtis Pond

Work at Coyote Pond has begun. Dredging of Curtis Pond has begun. Additional trails in Curtis Prairie have been closed for a few weeks for the Coyote Pond phase of the project. Please respect all trail closures for the safety of visitors and work crews. (Rain last week held off most project work.)

20 April 2020

Curtis Pond is drained. The service lane from McCaffrey Drive to the pond is being reinforced with gravel to support trucks for dredging the pond. The erosion control area in the Grady Tract has been seeded with native savanna plants for restoration. Additional trails in Curtis Prairie have been closed for a few weeks for the Coyote Pond phase of the project. Please respect all trail closures for the safety of visitors and work crews.

13 April 2020

Trail closure signs in Curtis Prairie
Trail closed in Curtis Prairie. Please observe all trail closures for safety of visitors and work crews.

Underground pipe installation from Beltline area to Curtis Pond is completed. Pond dewatering has begun and dredging will get underway soon. Erosion control and grading in the Grady Tract are nearly complete. The trail will be relocated. Restoration will begin later in spring. The pedestrian tunnel under the Beltline Highway remains closed. Many trails in Curtis Prairie are closed – please respect all trail closures for the safety of visitors and work crews.

6 April 2020

The flume removal and underground pipe installation continues this week and will be completed. Partial dewatering of Curtis Pond will continue. Erosion control and grading is taking place in the northeast corner of the Grady Tract. (The pedestrian tunnel under the Beltline Highway remains closed.) The service lane through central Curtis Prairie is being built up to support equipment that will be needed to reline the stormwater pipe to Coyote Pond.

30 March 2020

Segments of concrete pipe being unloaded from a flatbead truck.
Segments of the pipe that will replace the broken flume being unloaded before transport to worksite.

This week’s work will include selective tree removal in the northeast corner of the Grady Tract, removal of the broken flume between the Beltline and Curtis Pond, installation of the underground stormwater pipe that will replace the flume, and partial dewatering of Curtis Pond.

23 March 2020

Ground is too muddy for project work.

16 March 2020

Select trees will be removed along the access lane and in the flume area between Curtis Pond and the Beltline.

5 March 2020

Traffic signs on McCaffrey Drive near project service lane entrance

The construction fence has been installed. Creation of the project entrance and reinforcement of the service lane has begun. Traffic signs have been placed in both directions near the project entrance, and Curtis Lot has been closed and will be used for staging during the project.

3 March 2020

UW News has published a story about the Curtis Pond rehabilitation project.

10 January 2020

Visitors may notice a black fabric ribbon wending west from Curtis Pond along the south edge of the prairie. This is a silt fence. With one edge buried in the ground, it is designed to allow water to pass through while trapping soil, sediment, and other debris. The silt fence is meant to protect Curtis Prairie during the pond rehabilitation project as trucks haul dredged sediment along the edge of the prairie from the pond to the road.