Lafayette Park Outfall Flood Relief Project
The Lafayette Park Stormwater Outfall Flood Relief Project will reduce flooding in the vicinity of Williams Street, McDaniel Street, Martin Street and Miccosukee Road, all downstream (south) of Lafayette Park.
The first phase of the project (Phase I) was completed in the summer of 2012 and included construction of a decorative, flood detention wall adjacent the tennis courts in Lafayette Park. The second phase of the project - Phase II - starts July 15, 2013. The primary intent of Phase II is to further reduce roadway and yard flooding in the vicinity of Williams Street and East Brevard Street and to upgrade the water and sewer utilities along East Brevard Street.
The East Brevard Street portion of the project will start in July of 2013 and includes extensive underground utility work, including replacement of existing sewer, water, and stormwater infrastructure from Miccosukee Road to Talaflo Street. East Brevard Street will be repaved after all underground utility work is completed. Work is expected to be completed no later than January 21, 2014, weather permitting. Construction hours will normally be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with limited work on Saturdays and no work on Sundays. There will also be construction restrictions during student drop off and pick up times for Trinity Catholic School. When construction begins, it will be necessary to close portions of East Brevard Street. However, residents will be able to access their property at all times. Detours will be clearly marked to route non-local traffic around the construction zone.
The Williams Street portion of the project will include replacement of stormwater piping and inlet systems in the low area of Williams Street located south of the Lafayette Park softball field/gravel parking lot. This work is tentatively scheduled to start in fall of 2013 and will be completed in 60 days. The City will notify citizens as soon as the schedule for Williams Street improvements is finalized.
Should you have any questions regarding the project, please contact the City's Project Manager, Ray Einarson, P.E.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When will Phase II construction start and how long will it take?
The East Brevard Street portion of the project will start on July 15, 2013 and be completed in January of 2014. The Williams Street portion of the project is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall of 2013 and will take 60 days to complete. The City will notify citizens as soon as the schedule for Williams Street improvements is finalized.
- Why is extensive underground utility work being done on East Brevard Street?
As is common in many of the older areas of Tallahassee, the existing water system, sewer system, and storm sewer system of East Brevard Street is very old and in need of replacement. By replacing these systems before they fail, the City avoids costly emergency repairs and the resulting loss of utility service to residents. This project represents an important investment in the infrastructure that serves the citizens along East Brevard Street.
- How will traffic be handled at Trinity Catholic School?
City staff worked closely with Trinity Catholic School to come up with a traffic control plan during construction that allows for continued parent drop off and pick up along E. Brevard Street. Construction will be halted during these parent drop off/ pick up times.
- Will this project impact flooding at Leon High?
No. The Leon High School ball fields and parking areas are located in the Franklin Boulevard floodplain. This low-lying area or "bowl" receives runoff from over 400 acres. The contributing drainage basin to the Tennis Court Wall (constructed during Phase I) is only 33 acres and therefore will not have an appreciable effect on the flooding at Leon High School. Phase II construction includes replacement of the old stormwater pipe/inlet system on East Brevard Street and Williams Street with a new, more effective pipe/inlet system. Other drainage improvements are planned for Franklin Boulevard and Leon High School which should reduce flood stages on Leon High. See Blueprint 2000, Capital Cascades Trail (Segment 1) for more information.