The City of Oregon has begun construction on the Seaman Road Storm Sewer Improvement Project, which will include the installation of a storm sewer along the north side of Seaman Road to Clay High School.
An open channel and mounding will be installed along the east property line of city owned property across from Clay High School to Wolf Creek, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
Property owners will not be assessed for the project, according to Roman.
The project will provide flood relief to properties southwest of the Seaman and Stadium roads intersection and will provide an overflow path from Wolf Creek to the new Big Ditch storm sewer along Stadium Road north of Seaman Road.
“There’s a long history of those properties being flooded,” Roman told The Press. “Usually, it’s Wolf Creek going over its bank and affecting those properties, just for the fact that they’re so low. This open channel or ditch will actually take that overflow before it actually goes out of the Wolf Creek bank.”
The new storm sewers and open channels that were installed as a part of the Big Ditch Improvement Project were sized to handle additional flow from Wolf Creek, according to Roman. The existing storm sewer along the south side of Seaman Road will remain in place.
“The Big Ditch project will take flow from Wolf Creek, so this is really an extension of the Big Ditch Project,” said Roman.
The $710,000 project is being funded by one-eighth of the city income tax that is dedicated to drainage, said Roman.
The project is expected to be finished in October.
The contractor for the project, Buckeye Excavating & Construction, Inc., of Norwalk, Ohio, will begin construction on property across from Clay High School with the installation of the open channel from Wolf Creek to Seaman Road. Construction work along the roadway did not begin until after classes for Clay High School were completed this year, according to Roman.
The contractor will maintain one lane of traffic throughout the project limits for local traffic. Sections of the roadway may need to be closed to all through traffic due to the nature of the project and the tight working conditions for the contractor, according to Roman.
“The project includes a very large elliptical pipe that will go in on the north side of Seaman. For them to dig the trench and put that pipe in, they have to close the road while they’re working. But at the end of the day, we may open that up to traffic. When they are working, we will have to close it to all traffic,” said Roman. “There will be a detour at different times.”