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January 16, 2013

Stormwater master plan approved for Jeffersonville

Plan will serve as a “road map” for future drainage projects

JEFFERSONVILLE — A stormwater master plan that seeks to address more than 200 problems that were identified in Jeffersonville related to drainage and stormwater problems was approved at the city’s Drainage Board meeting Tuesday night.

The master plan, which was developed by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LCC and Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc. over 18 months, identified and mapped 205 problem related to drainage and stormwater issues. The breakdown included 32 flooded buildings, 46 instances of street flooding, 60 drainage issues and 20 restrictive structures or obstructions.

A technical description of 45 solutions to the flooding issues were offered, but not all of the projects included in the plan are expected to be undertaken and were deemed “wish list” items. The solutions provided in the master plan were designed serve as a “road map” of suggested projects, said the group that developed the master plan.

Jorge Lanz, president of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, referenced a combination of projects, one of which the board has already begun and those of importance on the horizon.

The project that has started is the Roselawn Court and Magnolia Avenue drainage improvement project, with an estimated construction cost of $475,000. The plans for the drainage improvements are to be finalized by February and construction is set to begin in April.

Two other projects expected to being in the spring are the retention pond at Falls Landing Park and a storm sewer improvement project at 8th Street and Hopkins Lane.

But the project Lanz cited as the among the most telling will be when the $40 million in improvements to the wastewater treatment plant will be able to be used up to its full potential.

“The 10th Street pump station has been completed, but we can’t pump that full capacity to the treatment plant because the treatment plant can’t receive it yet,” he said.

Lanz explained once the treatment plant is completed, it will be able to take more combined sewage away from the volume that can be held in the city’s stormwater system, along with mitigation from the aforementioned projects set to begin this spring.

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