Thursday October 14, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that work will begin next year on Phase II of Project DRI (Drainage Response Initiative), pushing the investment in fixing the community’s major neighborhood drainage problems to nearly $125 million.
Abramson said Phase I of the initiative – a nearly $70 million investment -- is well ahead of schedule and expected to be completed next year. About 60 percent of the projects identified have either been completed or are underway. Specifically, nearly 150 of the 232 capital projects outlined in Phase I have been completed. The remaining will be completed before July 2005.
Phase II of the program, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007, will represent an investment of up to $55 million, Abramson said. The work will include about $35 million in capital improvement projects and another $20 million on drainage maintenance repair work.
“This next phase of Project DRI will bring our investment in improving neighborhoods to nearly $125 million,” Abramson said in making the announcement at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway. “It remains my goal to solve virtually all of the major neighborhood drainage problems over the next four years to bring equity in service to every corner of our new community.”
As with the first phase, Abramson said Metro Sewer District officials will work with the Louisville Metro Government, Metro Council members and the general public to identify the projects that should be tackled first.
The money for both phases of the program will come from drainage fees from residents and businesses and savings from previous sewer improvements. The program will continue to focus on the neighborhoods with the most pressing needs as determined by customer calls and public meetings that will include Metro Council members and Metro government officials.
In Phase I, more than 60 percent of the identified projects have been concentrated in the seven Metro Council districts that constitute the Southwest quadrant of the new Louisville Metro. That includes areas such as Pleasure Ridge Park, Valley Station, Okolona, Fairdale and Highview.
“In the past two years, we have made tremendous progress in making our goal of a dependable surface drainage system for all our neighborhoods a reality,” Abramson said. “This initiative will continue to be an important part of our efforts to continue improving the quality of life in our hometown. Through Project DRI, we’re ensuring that we have a drier community, a more livable community and a better community for all our citizens.”