The Suffolk Department of Public Works advises that the Downtown Drainage Improvement Project began construction on Monday, October 4, 2021.
The project includes the installation of drainage piping systems through the intersection of West Washington Street and Saratoga Street. This intersection is scheduled to reopen on December 3 while a partial lane closure will stay in place on Saratoga for an additional 60 days.
The project work will then proceed south on South Saratoga Street to Jackson Street, and then along Jackson Street to Lee Street. After the initial intersection work, traffic will be allowed through the work zones with lane closures.
The project will also include a storm water pond to mitigate the impacts of large rainfall events in the area, and will also support the soon to be constructed Downtown Library. The duration of this project is anticipated to be 90 days for major in-street work”
The purpose of Downtown Suffolk Drainage Improvements project is to reduce flooding that occurs during a normal rain even in the downtown area including Jackson St, S Saratoga St, and W Washington St. This will be accomplished through a series of storm pipe upgrades and improvements that will ultimately tie into an existing system in N Saratoga St just North of W Washington St. Additionally a Wet Pond will be added in the city owned empty lot at the intersection of Lee St and W Washington St. The purpose of the pond will be to attenuate some of the runoff during a heavy rain event as well as to provide some water quality runoff treatment for the contributing system.