The public is invited to an open house Thursday, October 6, on a stormwater drainage improvement project in the area east of 56th Street and north of Cornhusker Hwy. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
The 56th and Morton area experiences frequent flooding even during regular storm events. The drainage improvements, one of the City's 2016 stormwater bond projects, seek to reduce future flood risk and property damage for the area. Planned improvements include widening the channel, replacing the box culvert at Fletcher Avenue and rehabilitating the banks to prevent future erosion.
"This project is very important for area property owners and clearly demonstrated the need for the bond measure that passed last spring," said Ben Higgins, City Project Manager. "We are very happy to finally be working on a flood risk relief project for this part of our community." Higgins said the project was included in the 2012 stormwater bond issue, but was not completed due to federal funds being unavailable.
The project is 75 percent funded through a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant. The City and Lower Platte South Natural Resources District are sharing the cost of the remaining 25 percent, with the City's funds coming from the 2016 stormwater bond. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start fall 2017.
Those attending the open house will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, review the draft improvement design and provide comments to help refine the next stage of design. City representatives and project consultants will be available to discuss the public's ideas and answer questions.