City to discuss drainage repairs needed in Washington-Willow neighborhood

Water flows along Walnut Avenue and Johnson Street during a flood on April 25, 2011 in Fayetteville.

Photo by Eric Hobbs

City officials will host a public meeting this afternoon to discuss an upcoming drainage repair project in the historic Washington-Willow neighborhood near downtown Fayetteville.

The Upper Scull Creek Drainage Improvements Project is part of a plan to provide relief to the area, which is prone to flooding during heavy rains. The Washington-Willow neighborhood was one of the hardest hit areas during an April 2011 flood which caused an estimated $1.2 million in damages across town.

The project will be divided into two phases.

The first phase would include a new box culvert from the west side of Walnut Avenue just north of Gunter Street. The culvert would extend south to Maple Street and east to Olive Avenue to a drainage channel just south of Maple.

The second phase consists of constructing a box culvert from the west side of Walnut Avenue just north of Johnson Street. The culvert would continue south to Johnson Street and east to Olive Avenue where a large pipe would be extended north to Rebecca Street.

Portions of the culverts would be built under the street, but some of the structures would sit directly behind the existing curb, and could require land acquisition from several property owners.

The drop-in meeting is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 in room 111 of the City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain St. Residents are encouraged to stop by and ask questions or look at maps of the proposed improvements.