By: Bryan Boggiano
Corporate Park’s flood of trouble during afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rain might dry out soon.
City commissioners approved a $3.4 million project to offset street flooding. Officials stated that a mitigation project in Corporate Park would divert runoff from the streets to surrounding canals, according to the plan.
About $1.4 million will come from the city’s Capital Improvement Plan of the Stormwater Utility Fund. The USDA’s Economic Development Administration will fund roughly the rest of the project.
Ferreira Construction Southern Division Co. Inc. of Branchburg, New Jersey will undertake the project.
The Corporate Park Stormwater Improvement Project seeks to reduce flooding. According to a city memo, the most flood-prone areas are between Sample Road and 39th Street, and 118th Ave., and the Sawgrass Expressway.
The project includes installing new pipes and drainage infrastructure, restoring roadways and swales, clearing overgrown ditches, and updating current draining structures. It also includes new curb installation to eliminate vehicle parking and prevent landscape damage.
The ongoing Corporate Park Stormwater Improvement project will provide relief from standing water and flooding on the streets and in the swales,” said Public Works Director John Norris. “Given the high volume of commercial traffic in the Corporate Park, having well-drained roadways is essential to keeping the business community thriving.”
According to Norris, the project should begin in July and will take no more than one year to complete. He said that in the short term, residents should expect detours, but in the long term, the city expects fewer flooding problems.
The Corporate Park Stormwater Improvement Project is one of the multiple improvement projects the city identified in its 2022 Strategic Plan. Other active improvement projects named in the plan in progress include those in the Meadows and Dells.
Norris said that the city plans to start a stormwater master plan to identify future improvement projects in 2022.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master’s. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.