22nd St./Kaufmann Ave. Storm Sewer Improvements

22nd St. Storm Sewer Construction

Elm St. to N. Main St. Completed - 2021

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.

Project Details

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: Completed in November 2019

White St. to west of Francis St. 
Phase 2 of the 22nd St./Kaufmann Ave. project was constructed in sections throughout the 2019 construction season. Work began in late March between White St. and Central Ave. The intersection of Central Ave. and Kaufmann Ave. was closed for eight weeks from late April to June. Construction continued west up Kaufmann Ave. throughout the summer and fall with each section of the road opening as it was finished. On November 27, Kaufmann Ave. between Central Ave. and N. Main St. opened to traffic. This phase of construction is now finished aside from some landscaping that will be completed in the spring of 2020.

Phase 3: July 13 - November 30, 2020

Trench Grate Installation Near N. Main St.
During the 2020 construction season, a new trench grate that spans across the entire width of Kaufmann Ave. will be installed near N. Main St. The schedule for this project is July 13 - November 30, 2020. During this time, Kaufmann Ave. between Francis St. and N. Main St. will be closed. The detour will be N. Grandview Ave. and W. 32nd St.

Future Phases

Looking forward, the goal is to expand the storm sewer on Kaufmann Ave. 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 it's available.

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