News from the Water Services Department
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 10, 2009
Construction continues on stormwater improvement project
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department is reminding residents that work on the $1.2 million stormwater collection and conveyance project on Gardner Avenue just east of the Chouteau-Gardner intersection is in full-swing and lane closures around the area should be expected for the next several months.
Construction began in early October on the first of three phases anticipated along Gardner Avenue to reduce flooding. Future phases will improve the drainage to the west of this location.
The City’s contractor, Foley Company, will construct a storm drainage system consisting of area inlets, enclosed storm sewers, a vegetated detention basin, a vegetated open channel, and utility relocations. The vegetated channel or bio-swales will direct water into the detention basin which will reduce flooding and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.
This is among the first “green” stormwater projects constructed by the City.
Construction will also include an asphalt roadway overlay that will help maximize runoff captured, thereby helping maintain open lanes during high water events. Construction should be completed in May of 2010.
For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department at (816) 513-0232.
The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.