Tropical storm gives new meaning to the 13th hole in the TBC River Heights – NBC Connecticut

The Traveler Championship officially kicks off on Thursday and the course is in perfect shape. However, that wasn’t the case last fall when the remnants of Hurricane Ida inflicted incredible damage on 13The tenth Gap.

It took a massive effort to fix, and it wasn’t just the golf course maintenance crew. It was much more complicated than that.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) played a huge role and the country needed to declare an emergency order to get this project done for this year’s tournament.

The devastating effects of Tropical Storm Ida left a giant crater. Travelers Championship manager Nathan Grob couldn’t believe the damage when he saw the first photos.

“I was like, ‘Oh what is this?’ Then I looked and said, “Wait a minute,” as I zoom in, and I say, “This is square number 13 I think,” Groppi said.

The damage was adjacent to a 13 bar-5 hole at Fairway. Complicating matters further are the presence of train tracks, directly above the crater, on the state-controlled right-of-way property. The Department of Transportation needed to respond.

“When this happened, we began work with an emergency declaration to begin repair work immediately,” said Josh Morgan, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.

The project wasn’t easy as the opening below revealed an even bigger concern.

“Under that area was also the Buckeye Pipeline supplying jet fuel to Bradley Airport,” Morgan said.

To handle the project, the oil and gas industries of Torrington were contracted and immediately assessed the situation.

“[The storm] “I left a 40-foot vertical-sided hole and went down about 60 to 75 feet deep,” said project manager Pete Henman.

The project ran seven days a week, thousands of hours of work and the same amount of landscaping.

“You look at a total of 18,000 to 19,000 yards of fill back into the hole,” Hinman said.

The project required intensive engineering and labour, but the pit was fixed by December. The grass and sod were planted in the spring, just in time to look perfect for this week’s tournament.

“When you look at the engineering project that TPC, Connecticut did, and how they put that together again, it was amazing,” Groppi said.

The project was funded by the state and cost about $ 5 million. In addition to the repairs, an additional drain is designed to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.

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