W. 17th Street Open Again in Dubuque
Another Bee Branch Project Phase Wrapping Up
The City of Dubuque trench drain installation at West 17th Street, near the bottom of Heeb Street is pretty well wrapped up now, and the street is open to traffic again.
West 17th was closed on May 3rd, with a target completion date of July 12th. Stormwater trench drains were installed as part of the Dubuque Bee Branch Project. Underground utility work was also completed.
The new storm sewer has a vastly greater capacity and is part of an overall effort to reduce flooding problems in the West Locust Street, West 17th Street area, part of the Bee Branch Watershed. This installation is part of Phase III of the West 17th - West Locust Storm Sewer Improvement component of the city's infrastructure improvement plan. The city reports the cost of this portion of the project to be over 10.7 million dollars. The cost of the entire Bee Branch Project is projected at over 233 million dollars. The city has received more than 162 million dollars in help toward that 233 million dollar bill from an array of federal and state sources.
West 17th Trench Drains Installed
Resident reaction to tornado weather in 1999 led to the city's initial Drainage Basin Master Plan. Hundreds of homes experienced serious basement flooding in t heavy rains associated with those storms. Several property owners reported water filling basements to the point of reaching first floor joists. Additional studies followed, eventually leading to the Bee Branch Flood Mitigation Project now in its later phases.
Articles on Dubuque's Bee Branch Project have been featured in an impressive list of publications including Scientific American, The Atlantic, and US News & World Report. The city website lists the following awards the project has received:
For more details visit: cityofdubuque.org/1812/Bee-Branch-Watershed-Flood-Mitigation.
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