BOARDMAN – Infrastructure projects are underway this week at Boardman to improve stormwater management.
On Monday, crews were at Turnberry Court to repair a collapsed drain discovered almost two years ago, said Jason Loree, township administrator and member of the ABC Water and Stormwater District board of directors.
The work, which ends between two houses, was carried out across the ABC district.
The ABC Water and Stormwater district comprises the townships of Austintown, Boardman and Canfield and is funded by the taxpayers of these regions.
The cost of the project is around $ 70,000, Loree said. Insight Pipe of Harmony, Pa., Is carrying out the work after CT Consultants conducted studies, including engineers crawling through the partially collapsed drainage system, Loree said.
“Someone crawled through it and marked where the downpipes are connected,” Loree said. The damage was discovered during inventory work.
For the Turnberry project, only a section of the failed drain was worked, rather than digging up an entire pipe and disturbing residents, Loree said.
“It’s a cheaper alternative,” he said, which involves filling a bladder and curing the resin, a more recent process.
The pipe will now last another 70 to 80 years, Loree said. “That way we don’t dig everyone’s backyard,” and don’t bother everyone, Loree said.
Equally happy and relieved, owner Eric Grabman said the work would help ensure that the foundations of his home as well as that of a neighbor remain intact.
“It’s great to fix this problem,” Grabman said.
“We were becoming sinkholes as big as an opening bathtub,” Grabman said. He has lived in the neighborhood since 1993.
Although he had no problems with flooding inside his house, Grabman said that on five occasions he was able to get his canoe out into the flooded neighborhood.
The 18-inch hose was unable to handle the water during heavy rainfall, Grabman said. As a result, water flowed back into his yard and several others, eventually flowing out onto the street.
Now, Grabman can rest assured that homes, as well as properties, are not expected to suffer damage for years to come.
He said he also hoped the work would also correct the annoying sounds created by stormwater during heavy rains between Grabman’s house and his neighbor’s.
“It would rumble,” Grabman said.
Other ongoing projects include Midwood Circle and Glenridge Drive, both in the Applewood Acres area, and a large drainage project stretching from Robin Hood Drive to Red Grouse Court at Loch Heath Lane, all in the neighborhood of Heathers.
The Heathers project is priced at around $ 1 million with the collapsed drainage pipe being completely redone. A concrete culvert is being installed. This project will take a few months.
This year, catchment areas will be inventoried in targeted areas, Loree said. These locations include the areas of Cranberry Run and Applewood Acres.
Someone will visit each catchment area, determining if it needs work and if it needs a full replacement, Loree said.