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Louisville Begins Phase III of Project DRI

Friday June 13, 2008

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the beginning of the third phase of the successful Project DRI, bringing total investment to more than $166 million in nearly 1,000 neighborhood improvements to prevent flooding.

In partnership with the Metropolitan Sewer District, Abramson launched Project DRI just days after taking office as mayor of the new merged government in January 2003 to respond to chronic problems in many Louisville neighborhoods. Project DRI (Drainage Response Initiative) was expanded in December 2005.

The first two phases included more than $122 million in more than 700 projects to improve drainage and prevent flooding in neighborhoods across Louisville. Phase III will invest $44 million more in 255 additional improvement projects citywide.

“Project DRI has reclaimed neighborhoods and restored peace of mind to thousands of citizens throughout our hometown,” Abramson said.

Mayor Abramson and MSD Executive Director Bud Schardein announced the start of Phase III today on Rustoak Lane in the Okolona area. Storm-water drainage systems in the neighborhood are being renovated to more quickly and efficiently move rainwater away from homes.

“In MSD’s 62-year history, Project DRI has been the most successful capital program we have ever undertaken to benefit citizens throughout the community,” Schardein said.