The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday morning approved an expedited permit for the city of Lafayette to work on the Lafayette Creek waterway as it traverses the sinkhole-collapsed area of Mountain View Drive.
The city and its work crews are working on maintaining a proper channel for the water in the rainy season while designing a permanent fix for Mountain View Drive in the collapse area. City officials worked some late hours to get the application to the Corps office on Friday morning.
The Corps, as the nation's environmental steward under auspices of the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act, "remains committed to supporting our friends and neighbors where we live and work," said John D. Hardesty, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the San Francisco District.
The normal permit cycle can take months, Hardesty said, "depending on the scope of the project and outside collaboration that may be required with other regulatory agencies."