Drainage projects slated throughout Portage

2013-02-16T00:00:00Z Drainage projects slated throughout PortageJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Utility Services Board this week approved moving ahead with three neighborhood stormwater drainage projects.

The projects were among a dozen that Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe and City Engineer John Hannon updated the board on their progress.

The board approved reconstructing the intersection of Sylvania Street and Broughton Avenue in the Savannah Heights subdivision. Hannon said there has been a drainage issue in the area since the development was completed more than three decades ago. The estimated cost for the project is $125,000.

Also approved was the second phase of a project on Eleanor and Lois streets. Those streets were repaved last year, but need to have new drain inlets installed. The cost is estimated at $36,000 and will be done in-house, said Monroe.

The third project is at Woodland Park, said Monroe, where water has been entering both the Blue Spruce and Grand Oakwood halls. Those issues will be resolved for $25,000.

Two contracts have been awarded with work to begin this spring. That includes work in Bel Air II subdivision around Robbins Road and Hickory and Orchard streets, costing $83,000, and a slip lining project of several sanitary sewer pipes at a cost of $124,000.

The two spoke of two major projects to be undertaken. They include installing a storm sewer system along Willowdale Road which will act as a backbone for drainage in the surrounding area and renovation of Lenburg Road from McCool Road to Salt Creek and McCool Road north to Imagination Glen Park. That would include the reconstruction of those streets and installation of storm water drains. No cost estimates for those projects, presently under design, has been calculated.

Other areas targeted for projects include Edgwood Street; Miller Ditch; the intersection of Irving Street and Swan Avenue; Crisman pond and the Willowcreek Road diversion ditch project.

Mayor James Snyder, who chairs the board, also asked residents to call the city if they have drainage issues in their neighborhoods.

"We can't fix it if we don't know about it," he said.

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