The Bee Branch Creek Restoration involves replacing almost one-mile of storm sewer with a creek and floodplain that resembles the one that traversed the area approximately 100 years ago. This “day-lighting” of the buried Bee Branch Creek will allow stormwater from flash floods to safely move through the area without flooding adjacent properties.
Successful day-lighting projects have already been completed in cities around the world including Seoul, London, Philadelphia, and Springfield, MO among others. This is the natural and preferred method to handle stormwater flooding.
The Bee Branch Creek Restoration is split into two distinct sections each with different characteristics.
Lower Bee Branch - Completed in 2011
15th and Sycamore Streets north to Garfield Avenue
Upper Bee Branch - Estimated Completion 2016
Garfield Avenue to 24th and Washington Streets