Bee Branch Railroad Culverts

Estimated Completion - 2021


The Railroad Culverts Project is a critical phase of the larger Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project and, once completed, will increase the flood mitigation system’s capacity to protect the area from a 75-year rain event to a 500-year rain event. The railroad culverts project involves using micro-tunneling methods to install six, 8-foot diameter culverts under the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) tracks along Garfield Ave. This will allow stormwater to drain more efficiently from the Upper Bee Branch Creek to the Lower Bee Branch Creek and 16th St. Detention Basin.

When the City sought public input on the design of the Bee Branch Creek improvements, residents voiced a desire for pedestrian passage under the railroad tracks. The proposed plans and specifications include the City assuming ownership of the two existing Bee Branch box culverts and utilizing them for both flood control and as a hike/bike path under the railroad tracks when creek levels permit. This will allow for the direct connection of the trail systems associated with the lower and upper sections of the Bee Branch Creek.

Project Schedule


Initiate Public Bidding Process December 17, 2018
Publish Notice to Bidders December 21, 2018
Public Hearing on Plans & Specifications January 7, 2018
Receipt of Bid Proposals (Bid Letting) January 22, 2019
Award Construction Contract February 4, 2019
Improvements Functional Summer of 2020
Final Project Completion Date June 30, 2021

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