Atlanta Moving Forward with Stormwater Program

In March, more than 70 percent of Atlanta voters approved the reauthorization of the Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST) to ensure the continued operation and efficiency of the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) recently announced plans to move forward with eight shovel-ready projects to jump start the stormwater repair and rehabilitation program.atlanta

This year, up to 10 percent, or $12.5 million, of MOST revenue annually will fund stormwater projects, allowing for improved water quality, better flood management, the creation of public amenities and compliance with clean water laws.

“Mayor Kasim Reed has been firm in his stance on sustainability,” said Commissioner Kishia L. Powell. “When Atlantans approved the MOST again this year, we made a strong commitment to address some lingering stormwater issues that have been plaguing some parts of our city. Now we are putting shovels in the ground to increase infrastructure capacity and alleviate street ponding. These projects also will aid in our continued efforts to comply with the Clean Water Act and our federal Consent Decrees.”

The DWM has identified a total of 86 potential stormwater repair projects and selected the initial eight projects based on an assessment of a number of factors including flooding concerns, safety issues, erosion and potential property damage. The eight sites include:

• Mathieson Drive NW between Alberta Drive NE and Mathieson Place NE
• Whitehall Street SW between Metropolitan Parkway and McDaniel Street SW
• Alvarado Terrace between South Gordon Street SW and Waters Drive SW
• Fox Street SW between Paines Avenue SW and English Avenue SW
• Wells Street at Metropolitan Parkway
• Erin Avenue SW between Manor Place SW and Manford Road SW
• Ralph McGill Boulevard NE between Boulevard NE and Glen Iris Drive NE
• Allison Court SW between Plaza Lane SW and Stanton Road

Construction on some has already begun and will include new pipe installation and replacement, catch basin cleaning and repair, paving and landscaping.

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