City to repair Sunny Level drainage issuePublished 12:04pm Thursday, September 6, 2012
By Laura Pemberton, Staff Writerfallen
Alexander City Street Department will seek to end street flooding on Sunny Level Cutoff.
An undersized drainage culvert underneath the cutoff between Voss Road and Campbell Road will be replaced beginning in October.
City Engineer Gerard Brewer said flooding varies by the amount and intensity of rain the area receives, but he estimated three to four times per year the overflow of water is between 2-8 inches deep.
“The hazard is not property damage,” said Brewer. “The hazard is exposing traffic to water. Water at some depth flowing over a road is never good.”
Brewer said the city realized the problem was not a blocked pipe, and several things were wrong with the system.
“As soon as we realized the problem wasn’t a blockage and couldn’t be fixed without replacing the system, we began a plan to replace it,” Brewer said.
The cutoff will be closed to all traffic except residents.
Exact start dates of construction are still unknown, but Brewer estimated the project would begin the second or third weekend of October. Construction is expected to take four to six weeks.
A detour using Nolen Drive, Holman Street and Kerlin Avenue will be posted once construction begins.
“We ask that people travel slowly and cautiously,” Brewer said.