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Contractors continue work on the Allen Creek railroad berm project near Argo Dam in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. While work continues on the pedestrian tunnel, the culverts, now complete, represent the biggest flood-mitigation project in Ann Arbor history. via

MI - Biggest Flood-Mitigation Project in Ann Arbor History Now Complete

ANN ARBOR, MI — Just in time for the latest rains, a pair of new stormwater tunnels to Ann Arbor’s riverfront are complete.

The city announced Tuesday, July 28, construction of two culverts to divert stormwater under the railroad tracks on the north side of Depot Street is now finished. City officials are hailing it as a major step toward resolving flooding problems that have long plagued the neighborhood.

“This is an exciting milestone that will really make a difference in the lives of property owners and residents in the Depot Street area,” Jerry Hancock, the city’s stormwater and floodplain program manager, said in a statement, calling it the biggest flood-mitigation project in city history.

Another part of the $9.4 million project, an adjacent tunnel and pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, is still under construction and expected to be complete in September.

It will give people more direct access between the downtown/Kerrytown area and riverfront recreation areas, linking with the Border-to-Border Trail along the Huron River by Argo Dam.

“This project ticks so many boxes for our community,” Mayor Christopher Taylor said in a statement. “It provides a safe link for trail users, provides much-needed flood protection and peace of mind for nearby property owners and could result in lower flood insurance premiums for property owners, with fewer taxpayer dollars going to repair flood damage."

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