• Contractor to begin $1.7M construction later this month; traffic disruption expected
BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings has begun preliminary work on one of the most ambitious storm water projects in recent years – the Camelot Square Drainage Project – and city officials are planning a public meeting this week to let the community know how things are going.
The first Camelot Square Drainage Progress Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19. The session will be held in Room 300 in the Brookings City & County Government Center.
City Engineer Jackie Lanning says the city has hosted a number of pre-construction meetings with neighborhood residents and will hold additional sessions during the Camelot-area construction to keep the lines of communication open between the public and the contractor.
“We will take input on the best time and day of the week to hold future meetings,” Lanning said.
Her department has also provided a link for the project on the City of Brookings website, under Engineering and Street Projects: www.cityofbrookings.org/index.aspx?NID=221.
City Manager Jeff Weldon called the $1.7 million Camelot Square work “like none other we’ve done,” noting that it will involve significant disruption in an already-developed neighborhood.
Also known as the Hammond Avenue and Horner Avenue Project, the Camelot Square Drainage Project is designed to control localized flooding in those areas as well as on Squire Court.
The repair work also will involve directing storm water through new sewer lines to the southern end of Parkway Boulevard, where they will flow onto city-owned property.
Lanning said the problem has occurred because of undersized sewer pipe and a meeting of two trunk line sewer pipes that has resulted in a “pinch point.” That has led to significant and repeated flooding throughout the area.
Bowes Construction of Brookings is contractor for the project.
Bowes will begin by installing traffic control signs, and crews will grind portions of the asphalt street pavement in preparation for removal.
The city engineer said the company then plans to begin excavation in the streets and boulevards to make water and sewer utility adjustments along Christine Avenue between 11th Street South and 15th Street South, and along 12th Street South from the east Squire Court entrance to Christine Avenue.
“These utility adjustments are being made in advance of installing the storm sewer,” Lanning explained. “There may be temporary outages for cable TV, Internet, telephone, gas and electric service during these repairs, and utility crews will be on the jobsite to make repairs as outages occur.”
Portions of Christine Avenue will be shut down completely during the utility work and also when the box culvert is being installed. The contractor will use signage when it closes any streets to traffic.
Lanning urged city motorists to drive carefully while near the construction areas.
Bowes anticipates it will begin installation of the box culvert toward the end of July. The company will start on the south end of Christine Avenue and proceed to the north.
“They plan to install the culvert as quickly as possible,” Lanning said, “especially since Christine Avenue is a high-traffic area during the school year. Increased truck traffic will be encountered throughout construction.”
She noted there will be times when homeowners will not be able to access their driveway, sometimes for a week at a time, when the driveway approaches are removed and reinstalled.
“We encourage vehicles to use Medary Avenue South and 17th Street South to access 15th Street South and the Camelot Intermediate School, especially after school starts,” Lanning said. “The public should try to avoid Christine Avenue and 12th Street South during the storm sewer construction.
“We encourage people to check the website for updates on this project and other city projects. We appreciate the public’s patience as we construct this important project.”
Residents may call Lanning or Assistant City Engineer Thad Drietz at 692-6629 for more information.
The new government center is located at 520 Third St., across from the library. To get to Room 300 on the third floor, take the lobby elevator.