The removal and disposal of the stockpiled soils at Leddy Park wrapped up ahead of schedule on December 31, 2015 with wet washing, brushing and vacuuming of asphalt surface. The northeast corner of the Arena parking lot, which had served as a temporary home to the poly-encapsulated material, has been restored to its previous (or cleaner) condition. The soils were originally stockpiled in the Leddy parking lot to make way for the first phase of the Burlington Bike Path rehabilitation through Waterfront Park. The project represents a successful collaboration between Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW), environmental consultant Johnson Consulting, Inc., environmental contractor ENPRO, and the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC).
Benefitting from a mild early winter, the highly detailed removal plan was completed without issue, and the material was securely disposed of at the Coventry Landfill and the Clinton County (NY) Landfill. The material contained small amounts of poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), lead, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are typical of urban soils in former industrial locations like Burlington’s waterfront. VT DEC is working with BPRW and their design contractor to test soils in the area of the next phase of Bike Path rehabilitation through the Urban Reserve up to North Beach, slated to begin construction this summer.
Here are details of the Leddy stockpile removal/disposal:
- On November 16, 2016, BPRW the estimated expenses to dispose of the material was authorized by the Board of Finance and the City Council.
- The final cost of the disposal is projected to be under budget.
- A total of 3376tons of material were removed and securely disposed of.
- 2216 tons of soil were brought to Waste USA landfill in Coventry, VT.
- 1160 tons were brought to the Clinton County Landfill, NY.