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Project to Improve Lee Trevino Drainage

  Flooding on Lee Trevino. Photo courtesy of KFOX.
The Public Service Board has awarded the first phase of the Lee Trevino Drainage Improvement Project to C.F. Jordan Construction LLC. The $2.3 million master plan project will provide relief to area businesses and motorists by alleviating flooding in the Lee Trevino area north of 1-10.

Stormwater runoff from Bessemer, Pellicano and James Watt flows west onto Lee Trevino, then flows down Lee Trevino and into Jesuit Basin. Although businesses along Lee Trevino are not flooded, the crossing water makes the street almost impassable during heavy rainfall.

The drainage improvement project will install storm drain inlets that divert the runoff to underground pipelines. The pipelines will the convey runoff to Jesuit Basin without flooding streets.

Engineering consulting firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper and EPWU staff discussed the improvements with area businesses during a public meeting on July 29. The presentation included information on the project, the schedule, traffic control and access during construction.

According to Vice President John Balliew, the project will be completed in stages to ensure that customers have access to businesses. Phase 1 will begin in late August and be completed in February 2011.

Work on Pellicano Drive is scheduled to begin Aug. 25 and be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume after the Christmas holiday when the project moves to James Watt. Additional work will be done along Ability.

C.F. Jordan will install more than 4,000 linear feet of large-diameter storm drain pipe, which requires utility coordination and relocations in heavily congested streets. The second phase of the project is scheduled to bid later this year.

Balliew explained to the Board that the project is being divided into stages so business can maintain access as much as possible. “In this day and age, it’s hard enough doing business without having traffic completely disrupted in front of your location,” he said.