Drainage top priority for CBERRRSA board


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The Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board deemed area wide drainage as a top priority at its Nov. 15 meeting — in particular, The Tablelands subdivision.

Eagle River Street Maintenance estimated the first two phases of the three-phase project will cost less than $2 million, general foreman Mark Littlefield said. But, he said, the entire project could be completed for that figure.

“We’re shooting for $2 million for all three phases,” Littlefield said.

Mayor Dan Sullivan has asked for $3 million for the project in his fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

If funded, how the money is spent depends on how it’s assigned, Littlefield said. The Legislature can give a grant specifically for Tablelands, he said, or it can assign funds to the Road Board, who would then decided how it’s spent.

Work on the drainage problem that has plagued the high-end Peters Creek subdivision since construction began in 2004 is scheduled to begin next year.

The plan is to install French drains on both sides of the road and dig deeper ditches, Littlefield said. French drains direct water into pipes, which carries it away from the subdivision, he said.

Littlefield said the new drainage system should dry up the entire area.

Littlefield said he would like to have two phases of the project completed by summer 2012.

“We’re hoping to get through (phase) one and we’ll push to get through phase two,” he said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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