GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis public access area on the bank of the Ohio River has seen a variety of changes the last few months, among those a new amphitheatre, bigger parking areas and new boat ramp access improvements.
“The amphitheatre is almost complete,” said Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene. “I’d say 90 percent. The only thing they have left to do on it are add some handrails and a set of steps on each side. Other than that it’s complete.”
Greene said that blacktop has been taken out to the boat ramp and that parking lot striping has already been done.
“They’re (Pullins Excavation) supposed to be preparing the south end (on Friday), so they can maybe start tomorrow putting down some base coat,” said Greene.
The area Greene speaks leads to the boat ramp as well as the drive which allows vehicles to enter the public access area.
“They’ll put about four inches of base coat and the top coat may be a couple of inches, so you’ll be looking at six inches (thick) of asphalt,” said Greene. “Then the rest of the work, they have to add some top soil to the bank near the 200 block.”
Greene said there was just enough money left over in the project to where city officials would like to add a sidewalk from where the public access area ends in front of Grape Street. The sidewalk would end at roughly the distance of Court Street on the public access side of First Avenue.
“They’ll probably start that, weather permitting, here within the next week or so,” said Greene. “We’ll need to make boat tie-off sections and finish the turnaround halfway up the hill. Other than that, when we get some seed and straw we might be looking at two weeks before we’re done in there.”
Greene said he hopes around the first day in December to have the project done but also says much of that depends on the weather.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342.