By Bryan Boggiano
A flood of trouble could soon go down the drain for some residents in western Coral Springs.
At their Feb. 2 meeting, the city commission approved a contract for Johnson-Davis, Incorporated, to improve a culvert under N.W. 24th Street to reduce storm flooding in the Westchester neighborhood.
The project cost is $576,250, which includes $50,000 for miscellaneous expenses during construction.
The capital improvement program includes improving drainage in Westchester, located between Royal Palm Boulevard and Sample Road, between Coral Ridge Drive and N.W. 123rd Avenue.
The area’s drainage system was constructed in 1971 with low-lying swales located too close to property lines in Westchester.
Chen Moore, the city’s engineering firm, found that the culvert under N.W. 24th Street does not have the capacity to transfer stormwater to a pumping station. This results in a bottleneck and ponding stormwater, leading to flooding, some of which approaches property lines.
The first phase of the three-phase project includes adding and/or expanding the culvert pipes, which will be completed by July 2022.
The city amended the interlocal agreement that they entered with the Sunshine Water Control District to reflect the costs.
At their May 6, 2020 meeting, the commission awarded Chen Moore and Associates a contract for designing improvements. They identified the SWCD culvert as the stormwater bottleneck, and the city and SWCD collaborated on potential solutions.
The city and the SWCD entered the interlocal agreement on May 20, 2020, to share design, administrative fees, and construction costs. At the time, the city did not take bids for construction.
With the Johnson Davis payment approved, the commission passed an amendment to the interlocal agreement to reflect the cost-sharing.
According to city officials, residents will not see increased fees from the project.
Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons made the motion to approve the $576,250 contract. Commissioner Shawn Cerra seconded, and the commission unanimously supported it.
Simmons also moved to approve the amendment to the interlocal agreement, which Cerra seconded. The commission also voted unanimously in favor of the amendment.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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