$1.8 million southeast-side stormwater project begins

Ground was broken Monday on the Hessen Cassel stormwater improvement project that will serve more than 650 homes in 10 subdivisions that are part of six southeast-side neighborhoods.

“This is a significant investment that will help many homes and has the added value of putting sidewalks where we’ve not had them before,” Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement. “These improvements are essential to building stronger neighborhoods and improving the community as a whole.”

In 2019, City Utilities is investing more than $100 million in neighborhood water, sanitary, and stormwater infrastructure improvements.

The $1.8 million Hessen Cassel Phase l project will place 2,500 feet of storm pipe, 1.8 miles of roadside ditches and swales, walks on both sides of the road and an up-to-date traffic signal with pedestrian crosswalks at Tillman Road.

Phase l is on Hessen Cassel between Brentley Way, south of Tillman Road, and Stardale Drive, south of Paulding Road. This phase will serve the neighborhoods of Branning Hills Community Association, Casselwood, Terrace Civic Association, Eastland Gardens Community, Hickory Grove Neighborhood Association, and Trier Ridge Park Association.

Following the completion of Phase I, bids will be solicited for Phase II, which will take place between Stardale Drive and Oxford Street. Combined, the two phases of the Hessen Cassel Stormwater Project will protect 13 neighborhoods along the corridor. Through 2022, more than 30 major drainage projects and hundreds of smaller projects will take place around the city. The Hessen Cassel project part of this $40 million stormwater investment and is one of 10 stormwater projects underway.

Other stormwater projects currently underway include:

• Haffner Drive Storm Drainage Improvement – Phase 2

• Maplewood Park Storm Improvements

• Louisedale Drive Storm Drainage Improvements

• Lawrence Drain Storm Drainage Improvements

• St. Croix Drive Storm Drainage Improvements

• Karen Ave. & Kingsley Dr. Storm Drainage Improvements

• Brookside-Parkerdale Storm Drainage Improvements – under design

• Fairfield Ditch Bank Stabalization – under design

• Plymouth Road Storm Drainage Improvements – under design

• Schoppman Drain Improvements – under design