Concrete Spillway Causing Blinding Glare

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Friday, June 21, 2013

The new Augusta spillway is causing headaches for its neighbors.

Bob Carey used to have the view of the Augusta Lake. Now he sees the new, extra large spillway.

"With that new cement," said Carey, "It just really glares when the sun hits it."

The state required the City of Augusta to construct the new spillway to help with flooding. The concrete structure is double the size of the old one.

Mayor Kristey Williams is working with the city council to fix the problem.

"It's a lot of concrete, newly cured, very white, so it could withstand the water and the weather," said Williams.

The city is now trying to figure out how to soften the glare. Staining it could be very expensive, and that solution would mean constant maintenance. Trees and shrubs may be the answer.

"It just needs some natural beautification around it so it won't be so bright and bold," said Williams.

Carey says something needs to be done, so he can once again enjoy the view.

"We like the little bit of the view of the lake," said Carey.

The mayor and city council are just waiting to see how much the landscaping is going to cost, before making any more decisions.

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