GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - Over the past three years, I-Team 8 has investigated the dangers of retention ponds.
Every year there are numerous deaths related to connection ponds. Now, the city of Greenwood is taking action.
The plan is to add guardrails or barriers to 13 local retention ponds.
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"Anytime you can improve public safety, it's a win for everyone. The fact that we can leverage some federal funding for the project, it's a great opportunity for us," said Mark Richards, Greenwood director of community development.
One of the ponds slated for a safety barrier is in front of an apartment complex on Smith Valley Road.
Mary Fowler lives across the street.
"I think it will definitely save lives," said Fowler.
She knows the dangers retention ponds pose.
"My son lost a very good friend the same way. His car went in the pond and they didn't find him for hours later,” she said.
The city admits it has taken a long time to get the barrier project started. City leaders have been talking about the project since 2010. Now the end is now in sight.
"There are standards and procedures in place by INDOT and (federal highway) which is why we've been working on this project for 2 1/2 years now. Shortly we will be finished with it," said Richards.
Bids will go out in January and construction is expected to begin next Spring.
The total cost for the project is expected to be around $226,000. Around 90 percent of that will be paid for with federal funds.
24-Hour News 8 news partners the Daily Journal compiled a list of the ponds slated for safety barriers. They include:
- One pond on County Road 75W near the Southern Pines subdivision
- Two ponds north of Allen Road at University Park
- One pond within the Southern Pines subdivision
- One pond at the intersection of Allen and Graham roads in Precedent South
- Three rainwater collection ponds in the Greenwood Commons subdivision
- One pond at the Worthsville and Averitt roads intersection
- One pond at the intersection of Apryl Drive and Kimberly Lane
Two ponds in the Crystal Lakes subdivision off Smith Valley Road
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