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Stormwater contracts awarded

Projects aim to reduce flood risks in city

City Council this week awarded contracts totaling $1.3 million for two stormwater management projects, as part of its extensive program to reduce flood risks in Altoona.

The projects are being paid for from the city’s $39.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act money, as part of a program that began to take shape last year when council took comments from residents on how best to spend ARPA funds — and learned that the biggest concern was flood control.

Much of the impetus was flooding that had taken place in June between the boulevards in Valley View and in Fairview.

Council awarded a $630,000 contract to CH&D Enterprises of New Stanton for improvements in Fairview.

The work will include installation of storm piping and inlets between 20th and 23rd avenues and 11th to 13th streets, according to a memo from Public Works Director Nate Kissell.

Workers will add an access point into the combined sewer system that serves the area, will line piping and manholes and perform a variety of inlet work — along with curbing and sidewalk construction.

The changes will improve the ability of the system to take water off the streets quickly, Kissell said.

Flooding last year on the 1100 block of 21st Avenue, which dips in the middle and which is within that area, destroyed several cars and filled basements in some buildings virtually to the first floor joists, ruining furnaces, water heaters and other equipment.

Council awarded a $693,000 contract to Cottles Asphalt Maintenance of Everett for improvements on the 1200 block of 13th Avenue.

There will be new stormwater piping and inlets in an area where there aren’t any such facilities now, Kissell said.

Council also awarded Cottles a $445,000 contract for signal improvements at 13th Avenue and 12th Street, payable from the city’s capital fund and from liquid fuel allotments; and a contract for $408,000 for signal improvements at 13th Avenue and 13th Street, payable from a Green Light Go grant, coupled with liquid fuels money.

In addition, council awarded a $31,000 contract to Cottles for milling and paving on the block, to be paid for from the capital paving fund; and a $49,000 contract for decorative crosswalks, to be paid from the liquid fuels fund.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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