The city has begun a project to improve the flow of stormwater in the state streets area to help mitigate potential flooding on US 192 and the state streets. We will be lining the existing stormwater pipes that handle rain water along Illinois Avenue, from 13th Street (US 192) to East Lake Toho.
The stormwater system is designed to carry rain water through the pipes to holding ponds at East Lake Toho, where it is naturally filtered before entering the lake. Crews have begun cleaning the pipes and putting cameras in them to confirm their condition. Once that is completed, we will be lining the pipes with a material designed to reinforce them and improve the flow of stormwater through the system. The material will last for 50 years or more. Crews will not need to tear up the street to complete the work; the pipes will be accessed via manholes and inlets.
There may be temporary lane closures along Illinois Avenue during the work, and access to some driveways and side streets may temporarily be interrupted. Every effort will be made to minimize these disruptions. Weather permitting, we expect to have the cleaning and videoing completed by April 7, and begin lining the pipes the week of April 10. Residents with questions or concerns about the project should call 407-957-7347.