Champaign set to take next anti-flooding step

Champaign set to take next anti-flooding step

CHAMPAIGN — With the city council's OK this week, officials will move forward with a $2.1 million project to reduce flooding issues in central Champaign.

Building a storm-water detention basin near Washington and Russell streets is the first phase of a three-phase project to alleviate flooding issues in that part of town. The project is also part of city council members' much larger push to eliminate flooding issues throughout Champaign.

They'll vote on a $2 million contract with Stark Excavating and a $97,000 deal with Clark Dietz to get the work done when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Work would begin next month and would be completed by late fall 2014. Designs for the project include the storm-water detention basin with complementary paths and a small gazebo.

The newly-billed storm-water utility fee, which is a charge to property owners for their runoff, will pay for the project.

There's more work slated for the area in coming years: Eventually, the city plans to dig out two detention basins along Glenn Park Drive and install new storm sewers along Columbia Avenue or Washington Street. Further out, city officials want to address flooding issues near University Avenue and James Street and along Flora Court.

The work is another step in officials' push to chip away at a roughly $80 million backlog of projects to address weaknesses in the city's storm-water drainage system.

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pattsi wrote on February 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

Congratulations to each and every individual who has been working so hard to solve this awful situation. In addition, the many levels of collaboration to get to this point deserve a tip of the hat.