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February 19, 2014

Flooded with projects in New Albany

City continues aggressive stormwater improvement schedule

NEW ALBANY — Two major drainage projects are underway in New Albany, as officials broke ground on a $656,000 improvement effort off Reno Avenue this week.

The project should alleviate flooding around the Reno Drive and Silver Street intersections of Spring Street, city officials said during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

On the other side of the city, a project was launched earlier this month near the intersection of Grant Line Road and Daisy Lane. The focal point of the project is the replacement of culverts under Grant Line Road.

“These things aren’t really glamorous, but they’re incredibly important to the city of New Albany,” Mayor Jeff Gahan said.

Like the Grant Line improvements, the Reno Drive project is being footed through a $6 million bond approved by the New Albany City Council.

There are no stormwater sewers on Market Street, as a piece of the project will include adding drainage infrastructure along the road. TSI Paving is constructing the project, and work will begin close to the Silver Street and East Market Street intersection Monday, Feb. 24.

Work is slated to continue along East Market Street next week, and crews likely will start construction near the Best Avenue intersection at Spring Street next week.

Work could begin on Spring Street by the middle of March, and lane and road closures will occur with the project.

Gahan credited the New Albany Stormwater Board for pursuing the projects, and said the Reno Drive area should see some relief from flooding. Stormwater has pooled so greatly at times in the Reno Drive area that vehicles have been submerged, he continued.

“There will be a full width asphalt resurfacing as well,” said Wes Christmas, engineer with the city-hired company Clark-Dietz, of the roadway that will be disturbed due to the project.

The stormwater utility plans to complete five major drainage projects this year. Other projects are slated for 15th Street, Silver Street and Miede Drive.

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