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Greenville leaders moving forward with $10m drainage project

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Greenville City Council unanimously approved a half-million dollar contract this week for the study and preliminary design of a massive uptown drainage project.

It's called the Town Creek Culvert Drainage Project and it drains approximately 400 acres in the uptown area, which is prone to flooding. It begins near West 9th Street and Ficklen Street and continues for about 3,000 feet to its outlet downstream of East 3rd Street between Reade Street and South Summit Street.

When the 10th Street Connector is complete, the Town Creek Culvert will be responsible for draining an increase in stormwater runoff due to a redirection of water from two other outfalls, and a shorter time of concentration for the watershed.

The city awarded a $452,884.24 contract for the study and preliminary design to W.K. Dickinson of Cary, N.C. The company's engineers will analyze the current condition and capacity of the culvert and eventually recommend the city invest in rehabilitation, a new system, or a combination of both.

Greenville Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan says W.K. Dickinson has identified the North Carolina State Revolving Fund grant/loan program as a potential funding source. The city would not qualify for a grant but could qualify for a 0 percent interest loan for up to $2 million. The $2 million loan would then go towards the cost of the overall project, which Mulligan estimates will be about $7-10 million.

People who live in the area are also already helping to pay for it through a $1 increase in storm water utiltity fees.

The design contract for the project will have three phases: study and preliminary design, final design, and construction.
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