Indy Public Works highlights completion of stormwater, resurfacing project
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The government of Indianapolis on Tuesday highlighted the completion of a Department of Public Works stormwater and resurfacing project.
Public Works leaders say the $3 million project will reduce extensive drainage problems for 100 homes in the Sherman Drive Park neighborhood on the city’s south side. It’s northeast of the I-65 overpass for East Hanna Avenue.
The department also says, in addition to the finished project, engineers have deployed new culverts and hybrid ditches to resolve flooding issues in the neighborhood. The hybrid ditches have a perforated pipe allowing for stormwater to easily disperse into the ground. 4 miles of roadway were also repaved during this 2-year project.
“All of these streets that have been repaved, some of these streets haven’t been repaved in 30 to 40 years, so I think we’ve mitigated the problem with the water issue,” said Frank Mascari, an Indianapolis City-County Council member.
Brandon Herget, director of Public Works, said, “As you drive through the neighborhood now, in addition to the drain improvements, you will see completely repaved streets and, thanks to the resolved drainage issues, residents should be able to enjoy these stronger longer lasting streets for years to come.”
Mayor Joe Hogsett says city residents will see more projects like this in the near future due to the billion-dollar, five-year capital plan to improve city infrastructures. There are 40 active stormwater repair projects taking place throughout the city this summer.
Hogsett, a Democrat, faces a Republican opponent, Jefferson Shreve, on Nov. 7. Marscari, also a Democrat, will also go against a Republican opponent, Terry Trent, in the November general election.
“MAYOR HOGSETT, INDY DPW HIGHLIGHT COMPLETION OF MAJOR NEIGHBORHOOD STORMWATER PROJECT
“INDIANAPOLIS—Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett, City-County Councillor Frank Mascari, and Indy DPW celebrated the completion of a stormwater project that will resolve flooding issues for approximately 100 homes in the Sherman Drive Park neighborhood on the city’s south side.
“‘Thanks to a massive stormwater upgrade throughout this neighborhood, we’ve been able to mitigate major flooding – and all the hazards it can cause,’ said Mayor Joe Hogsett. ‘Indy residents can expect more projects like this in the near future. Our city is currently in the midst of a billion-dollar, 5-year capital plan for our infrastructure.’
“‘Flooding has been an ongoing issue for my constituents in the Sherman Drive Park neighborhood, and it is reassuring to hear that this issue has been resolved,’ said Councillor Frank Mascari. ‘I would like to thank Mayor Hogsett and DPW for making this possible. My colleagues and I on the Council are committed to continuing to work together to invest in infrastructure projects that benefit neighborhoods throughout the city.’
“‘Resolving stormwater issues in neighborhoods prior to road resurfacing is a key factor in delivering longer-lasting streets and improving resilience to weather events,’ said Indy DPW Director Brandon Herget. ‘With more than 40 stormwater-focused projects currently active, we are continuing to deliver these benefits to residents across the county.’
“In addition to newly-resurfaced streets, engineers have deployed new culverts and hybrid ditches to resolve flooding issues in the neighborhood. A hybrid ditch is a ditch system plus a perforated underground pipe. These work together to both collect stormwater and allow it to soak into the ground and subsurface drain.”
News release issued from Indianapolis Department of Public Works at 3:23 p.m. Aug. 8, 2023