It’s taken years of rejection and years of planning, but a causeway connecting the Isla del Sol near the 3.5-mile mark of the Main Channel is under construction. The project is expected to be finished within 90 days.
The island, formerly known as the Hawaiian Island and Atlantis Island, consists of three buildings of 30 units each.
Before the causeway, a ferry moved vehicles back and forth from the mainland. Residents of the area opposed the project for several years, but a compromise was reached when the Rockwood Bank of Eureka, Mo., took over the project.
The causeway will be open 24/7 and will reduce emergency response time considerably.
Rockwood Bank funded the development of the Isla del Sol project, but got it back in foreclosure in 2009. It has been acting as the manager since then.
During the summer, the ferry makes as many as 60 trips per day to get residents and visitors to and from the 90 condominium units. During the off-season, the ferry runs five to six times per day.
The causeway will extend 300 feet from the shoreline to the island.
The proposed road and causeway, which will be maintained by the Isla del Sol Community Improvement District (CID), is considered a necessity that will provide safe and reliable access to residents and visitor on the island.
Past attempts to build a bridge or causeway between the shoreline and the island failed. The primary concern was who would be responsible for the structure and ongoing maintenance. That concern was resolved with the formation of a Community Improvement District and the establishment of a special road fund set up by the developers/owners along with an agreement relieving the county of future liability.
The bank also worked with nearby property owners regarding potential traffic issues and other issues associated with the development. The development was known as Atlantis Island prior to being taken over by Rockwood Bank.
Rockwood Bank completed all the necessary steps for the FERC application to be filed. An environmental assessment and extensive review by federal and state resource agencies ? the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Natural Resources ? was completed. Any concerns raised by resource agencies were addressed in the reports.By Dan Field, Reporter, Lake Media