Once completed, the system will protect the area from up to a 500-year rain event.
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.
Pedestrian passage under railroad tracks
Pedestrian passage entrance and exit at Lower Bee Branch
Initiate Public Bidding ProcessDecember 17, 2018
Publish Notice to BiddersDecember 21, 2018
Public Hearing on Plans & SpecificationsJanuary 7, 2018
Receipt of Bid Proposals (Bid Letting)January 22, 2019
Award Construction ContractFebruary 4, 2019
Improvements FunctionalSummer of 2020
Final Project Completion DateJune 30, 2021