Stoneleigh Stormwater Drainage Project to Get Started This Summer, County Says
2019-06-10 | Towson Times
The project is intended to update an aging system that started backing up about three years ago during heavy storms, causing flooding on
"The county was slow on the uptake, but we pushed and pushed and pushed over the years," Gramiccioni said.
Now with construction set to start this summer, the community could have an improved drainage system as soon as
"We cannot, at this point, promise an absolute solution to all the problems, but we can create a noticeable improvement," he said.
The pipe will improve an "old, outmoded system" that was not built to handle enough water, Fidler said. A new pipe will improve the storm system's capacity, allowing it to carry more water out of the neighborhood and into Herring Run.
"It's been a major priority for us," said
During heavy rainstorms, Gramiccioni said the storm system would back up, pushing into the street and into nearby basements. He said the focal point for flooding was the intersection of
Marks said the issue is one seen in older neighborhoods around the county, which were not built to today's stormwater management standards. Many rely on deteriorating terra cotta pipes, and as summer storms become more frequent the issue is arising in other neighborhoods, like
"It does seem like a small piece from a countywide standpoint," Dildine said of
Gramiccioni and Dildine said the first step the county took was cleaning out the old storm drains, which had become clogged over the years with debris. That step alone solved much of the flooding problem, they said. They are hopeful construction will solidify that improvement.
According to Fidler, the new drainage system is essentially a large pipe in the shape of an L that will be between 18 and 36 inches in diameter.
The pipe will run from
Construction will be coordinated with road resurfacing projects scheduled to take place in
"It's an older community that needs these kind of improvements," he said.
Gramiccioni said overall he is happy with the county's construction plans.
"It was frustrating on the front end," he said. "But at the end of the day I think they've done right by the community."
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