A major project is now taking place in a Bay County neighborhood to address drainage issues. It is a problem we first told you about last summer. Details on what is being done in this News 13 Problem Solver update.
When we talked with these residents who live on Nicole Boulevard in Cherokee Heights last August, the rainwater was still in the streets and sidewalks. They told us at the time it never really dried up due to insufficient drainage. We contacted Bay County and learned a plan was in the works to help but it would take time to make it happen.
That time for action is now as improvements are underway. Work started last week. According to Ken Schnell, Bay County Public Works Director, "It was previously a Cedar Grove subdivision which we weren't involved with the construction of and we are trying to go back and make some improvements."
Bay County Public Works Director Ken Schnell says the drainage issues are the result of the water table rising in the aftermath of all the rain the area has seen over the past few months. Schnell says, "We at first envisioned doing work by contract but when we started design process to take out road and build up at higher elevation we realized the costs were too great." So, the county took a different direction and the will itself be doing the work. Roads and Bridges will be fixing drainage and raising sidewalks. Then, the situation will be evaluated.
Ken Schnell says it will be a while before the work is finished and will be a continual process.