Jun 24, 2020

Drainage Work to Address Flooding at Saint Louis School

The Saint Louis City Council recently approved a nearly $40,000 contract with Byrne & Jones to make drainage improvements at an elementary school

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The Saint Louis City Council recently approved a nearly $40,000 contract with Byrne & Jones to make drainage improvements at the entrance of Conway Elementary School on Conway Road.  

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the work will be designed to stop flooding on the school grounds. 

This will address issues stemming from a project completed in 2004, according to Anne Lamitola, public works director for the city.

“The purpose of the Conway Elementary Drainage Improvements project is to intercept storm water that is leaving the Conway Road right-of-way,” said the memo. “During heavy rains, storm water is bypassing the existing inlet at the east entrance to the school. The storm water flows down the driveway and causes flooding at the rear of the school.”

The city has agreed to construct a trench drain to intercept the storm water and the School District has agreed to maintain the trench drain. 

Lamitola added that city officials reviewed project files for the earlier drainage work and found that there were storm water issues identified by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, which was unresolved at that time by the city.

According to Lamitola, the city performed a field evaluation and determined that a trench drain was needed to intercept storm water and connect it to the enclosed storm sewer system. The drain should have been installed and connected to the inlet during the 2004 improvements, she added.

The investigation prompted the city to have drawings prepared from the 2004 project of the storm water system so that the structures can be accepted for maintenance by MSD.

“Ladue School District will maintain the trench drain and signed a temporary construction easement for installation of these drainage improvements,” Lamitola said.

Money from the city's storm water and road and bridge funds will be used to fund the project, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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