COLUMBIA — Motorists and homeowners can expect street blockages on Maupin Road and Westwood and Edgewood avenues until May as the city repairs storm drains and sewer systems in the area.
According to Steve Hunt, manager of environmental services, storm drainage is being repaired to resolve street and basement flooding that was caused by the current storm water system. The city will also install a new sanitary sewer system for 52 homes on the streets mentioned above, Glenwood Avenue and Broadway, which, because of the age of the neighborhoods, are currently on a private sewer system. Many of the sewers are in poor condition and undersized, Hunt said.
Residents of the affected homes have to pay half the cost of the new sewer system, their contributions based on the square footage of the lot. In 2004, the maximum amount the city could charge was set at 21.3 cents per square foot.
Most of the work is street work; however, some work is also expected to be done in yards. The city will restore any damages to the property.
The new storm drains will increase water flow into the creek that runs through John A. Stewart Park. The Park Hill Neighborhood Association maintains the park and, according to president Cathy Gunther, will have to monitor the creek for erosion and increased levels of sediment. If the residents start to see either side effect, they will notify the city to help find a solution to the issue.
The work was approved in 2003 by voters and will cost approximately $1.14 million. It will be paid for by revenue bonds and enterprise funds. The project began in January and should be completed by May. Until then, motorists should expect lane restrictions in the area.