- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A city official said Monday he’s pleased with the Benedict Avenue curb replacement project.

“I think it looks good and I’ve heard good things from the residents,” said Josh Snyder, public works director.

“But, as I’ve said before, aesthetics are not a big objective of mine,” he added. “I’m more concerned with safety and keeping cars on the road.”

The new curbs are 8 inches tall.

“That is taller than the norm,” Snyder said, adding the reason for that height is to keep vehicles off the lawn and on the road.

The curbs could help a bit with drainage, too.

“The curbs will help channel the water to the catch basins,” Snyder said.

At a recent city council meeting, Councilman David Wallace asked Snyder about water pooling on Benedict during a storm.

“That was a storm where we received about sixthtenths of an inch of rain in 20 minutes and 1 inch in an hour,” Snyder said. “That was a downpour. I don’t view the water pooling during that downpour as a basis to sound the alarm.”

Snyder said many streets would have pooled water in such a storm.

“I’d rather look at a normal or average rain to see how the water is carried away,” he said.

“Benedict has had some long-standing drainage issues,” Snyder said. “We did repair a few catch basins during this project and we are looking to add catch basins.

“We can add all the catch basins we want, but they are still constricted by the pipe in the ground,” he said. “On Benedict, we have a variety of drainage pipes. We have a 27-inch pipe near Forest Street, 18-inch pipe near Warren Drive and 48-inch pipe just south of Olive Street.”

Snyder said crews have some simple cleanup items to do to finish the Benedict project.

In other business, paving crews have been busy paving a section of Old State Road near the water treatment plant and also repairing sections of North West and Jefferson streets.

The Milan Avenue waterline replacement, along with Central Boulevard and West Water Street waterline projects should begin soon, as should the road work at East Bluegrass Drive and Industrial Parkway.


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