As it runs down Kaufmann Ave., stormwater can form what resembles a river on 22nd St. from Central Ave. to Elm Street. New concrete storm sewers will be installed to increase stormwater capacity. Currently, the storm sewer is not large enough to handle even a moderate rain event.
The project consists of a new concrete storm sewer along E. 22nd St. from Elm St. to Central Ave. continuing up Kaufmann Ave. to Kane Street. Large, high-capacity storm drains will be placed in the grass terrace along Kaufmann Ave. to capture overland drainage, and several standard single-grate storm drains will be installed. It also involves total street and sidewalk reconstruction and the relocation of underground utilities along the entire length of the project.
Phase 1: Completed in December 2018
Elm St. to Central Ave.
The first phase of the 22nd St. / Kaufmann Ave. project started in April 2018. Work started at Elm St. and progressed west across Washington St., Jackson St., and White St. stopping short of Central Ave. The project included the relocation of underground utilities, a new 10 ft. x 6 ft. concrete storm sewer and high-capacity storm drains to reduce street flooding, and total street and sidewalk reconstruction. Construction of the first phase finished in early December 2018.
Phase 2: Construction in 2019
Central Ave. to Hempstead St.
Phase two of the project is expected to begin in April 2019. Relocation of the underground utilities and construction of the new storm sewer will continue west across Central Ave. up Kaufmann Ave. to Kliene St. The intersection of 22nd St. and Central Ave. is expected to close in mid-April for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. A street closure and detour map will be shared as soon as its available. Please note, access to all businesses and residential properties will be maintained at all times during construction. City staff and the contractor will work with those with mobility issues to accommodate access to their property as much as possible during construction.
Future Phases: Construction in 2020 and 2021
Hempstead St. to Kane St.
Looking forward to 2020 and 2021, the goal is to expand the storm sewer up to Kane St. However, the project schedule and limits will be contingent on funding. Information about future phases of this project will be shared as soon as its available. For questions about this project, please call (563) 690-6068.