The Storm Water Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for keeping the public street system from being encumbered with flood water during rainstorms and spring snow melt. Years of preparation were put to the test this year. Here are some of things that the division accomplished this year:
- Heavy Spring Runoff – Responded to high mountain snow pack and wet spring weather resulting in the greatest Provo River runoff flows and highest Utah Lake elevation flooding in the last 25 years, with little incident and minimal damage.
- East Central Storm Drain Project – Constructed new storm drain piping along 600 East and 700 East; thus increasing capacity and replacing an aging section of storm drain pipe, and providing significantly improved service in the Joaquin neighborhoods.
- Mountain Vista Utility Construction – Constructed new storm water and sewer utility lines in the Valley Vista street alignment, between Mountain Vista Parkway and South State Street, providing improved service and facilitating new development in this business center.
- I-15 Project Coordination – Coordinated with UDOT I-15 CORE design and construction team to minimize negative impacts to Provo City infrastructure, and to maximize opportunities for improved storm water service, including:
- Significantly increased capacity of the Mill Race drainage crossing of I-15, south of the University Avenue interchange, and
- Coordinated drainage system to address long-standing local drainage issues in the area east of I-15, north and south of 820 North.
- North Oak Hills Storm Drain Project – Constructed new storm drain piping along 2050 North and the north end of 1450 East, discharging into the Rock Canyon outfall, thus alleviating some historical drainage problems in this area of the community.