The multimillion-dollar effort to clean up debris from last month’s ice storm is entering its last stage.
On Wednesday, the city of Augusta and its contractor, AshBritt Environmental, announced it will begin a second and final push for debris, hoping to haul away the last bits by March 31.
It is part of a $13.1 million effort to document and remove as much debris as possible from Augusta’s roads and neighborhoods before the Masters Tournament.
Leidos, a national security firm based in Virginia, is monitoring the removal.
“The contractor is gearing up to begin the final pass for areas already complete,” Steve Cassell, assistant director of traffic engineering said in a news release. “We are asking citizens to have all debris on the curb by Sunday to ensure pick up. Debris placed on the curb after this date has no guarantee of being picked up.”
Cassell said the debris contractor continues to work south of Tobacco Road to complete the first pass.
He said the county-wide first pass is approximately 90 percent complete with the exception of some private subdivisions that the Augusta Commission approved for debris removal Tuesday.
During the second pass, the contractor will dedicate a majority of its resources to single zones until removal is complete. This will begin north of Washington Road near Interstate 20 and move south. For zone boundaries, visit Augustaga.gov.
When placing debris, residents should use the following guidelines:
• Move all clean, vegetative debris (trees/limbs) from their property to the right of way; crews will not go on private property to remove debris.
• If possible, consolidate smaller piles into large piles to allow for more efficient operation
• No construction debris, garbage, mattresses, couches, or materials other than vegetative debris should be placed or mixed with vegetative debris for removal; these materials will not be picked up.
• No bagged yard waste will be picked up as this will be done through normal collection.
• Be careful in placement of debris to ensure that it is not placed over water meters, around mailboxes, street light poles, power poles or other structures that could be damaged by removal equipment.