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Posted on: March 1, 2018

Stormwater management protects all

Adams Creek Watershed

Stormwater isn’t something most people think about, but dealing with it is a very important part of maintaining the City’s infrastructure. Without proper management programs in place, homes and roadways would be routinely flooded by even light rains. Broken Arrow receives about an average of 40 inches of rainfall each year. Accounting for the City’s more than 50 square miles, that’s a lot of stormwater to manage.

Over the past several years, the City of Broken Arrow has taken on several projects to improve stormwater management all over the City.

In 2011, voters approved a general obligation (GO) bond package for $2.3 million in stormwater improvements. Completed projects from that bond include:

  • Bridge replacement over School Creek on Kenosha (71st) Street,
  • Detention pond improvements for Fairway Park and 37th Street,
  • Drainage improvements in Country Aire Estates and Stacey Lynn, and
  • Master Drainage Plan for the Broken Arrow Creek watershed.

Three remaining projects paid for by the 2011 bond will be completed this year. That includes:

  • Turnberry Detention Pond improvements,
  • Eagle Creek storm sewer improvements, and
  • Eagle Creek culvert upgrades along Omaha (51st) Street.

In 2014, voters again approved $3.7 million in GO bonds for stormwater projects. Several of the drainage improvement projects approved in 2014 have already been completed, including:

  • New Orleans (101st) Street and Garnett Road,
  • 23rd (County Line) and 151st Streets,
  • Shreveport Street and Aspen (145th East) Avenue,
  • Tucson (121st) and 9th (Lynn Lane) Streets, and
  • 23rd and Washington (91st) Streets.

2014 GO bond projects still under design or in construction include:

  • Stoneridge and Elm Stormwater Diversion System (near Elm Place and the Broken Arrow Expressway),
  • 37th Street Regional Detention Facility (Adams Creek watershed between Omaha (51st) and Albany (61st)
    Streets), and
  • Albany drainage improvements between 9th and 23rd Streets.

These projects help control runoff and make roads over creeks safer, but there is still plenty of work to do.

This August, the City will hold an election for a new set of GO Bond projects for the next several years.

While the final 2018 list has not been decided as of this writing, the proposed stormwater projects will further increase the flood protection for Broken Arrow homes, property, roads and the livelihoods of residents.

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