Florida Avenue Flood Prevention Project Progresses
Work began on July 26 to remove an aging, undersized 36-inch stormwater outfall pipe that was often overwhelmed by the amount of stormwater it received during heavy storms. The old pipe is being replaced with a 60-inch high-density polypropylene pipe. The city is also replacing a 36-inch culvert under Florida Avenue with 72 linear feet of 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe.
In addition to preventing the flooding that had routinely occurred on Mazur Drive, Jay Tee Drive and Florida Avenue, the infrastructure upgrades will also reduce pollution going into the Indian River Lagoon. A nutrient-separating baffle box is being installed that will remove debris, nitrogen, phosphorus and other pollutants from the stormwater that drains to the lagoon from the neighborhood. The city is installing baffle boxes like this one at sites around the city as part of a larger effort to increase stormwater treatment and improve the overall health of the Indian River Lagoon.
The total cost of the project is $557,790.79. It is expected to be completed by January 5, 2017.
Segments of a new 60-inch high-density polypropylene pipe that is being installed as part of a project to improve drainage and prevent flooding.