Downtown drainage improvement project begins

Published 4:37 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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A drainage improvement project in the core downtown began this week, and the full project is expected to last for several months.

The project began Monday and includes the installation of drainage piping systems through the intersection of West Washington Street and Saratoga Street, according to a city press release. The work requires a full closure of the intersection that is expected to last about 30 days.

The project work will then proceed south on South Saratoga Street to Jackson Street, and then along Jackson Street to Lee Street. After the initial intersection work, traffic will be allowed through the work zones with lane closures.

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The project will also include a stormwater pond to mitigate the impacts of large rainfall events in the area, and will also support the soon-to-be-constructed Downtown Library. Major, in-street work is expected to last for about 90 days. The full project will last about a year.

For more information, contact Project Manager Luke Drylie at 757-514-7708, or Project Inspector Farris Cereske at 757-504-6053, or visit