One of the costliest and most complex infrastructure companies in Greenville’s history was recently recognized as the best stormwater management project in the state.
The Town Creek Culvert Drainage Improvement Project, a $ 33 million project in the Uptown District, received the North Carolina Chapter award of the American Public Works Association at its conference held on last month in Asheville.
The award is given annually to successful stormwater management improvement projects that excel in elements of infrastructure and natural systems.
Town Creek Ponce was designed to address drainage issues on approximately 300 acres in the Uptown neighborhood, starting near Ninth Street and Washington Street and continuing to the Tar River, areas that had been plagued by localized flooding due to the failing culvert system in place.
The city started the project in March 2018 and completed it in October 2020.
The project included many green elements that helped the city get financial aid with a $ 16 million zero-interest loan from the North Carolina Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
Among the green elements was a regenerative rainwater supply system that treats stormwater before it returns to the Tar River. The city also received financial assistance from the Stormwater Utilities Fund and the Greenville Utilities Commission.
Criteria considered for the award of the state included the benefits of the project to the community, the use of good construction and safety practices, community relations and community involvement, the use of strategies innovative, benefits for the design of future projects and sustainable practices.
In addition to alleviating flooding issues, the Town Creek Ponceau project also resulted in the creation of new paving and streetscape in the area. It also provided educational opportunities between East Carolina University and the city.
Project partners included WK Dickson Community Infrastructure Consultants, Kimley-Horn Planning and Design Engineering Consultants, Rivers and Associates and Trader Construction.