Fayetteville awarded $3.5 million for drainage projects

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Fayetteville has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the North Carolina Emergency Management Disaster Relief and Mitigation fund for the Ivy and Lyon Road Drainage Improvement Project.

The Lyon-Ivy project is an outcome of the watershed master plan program that evaluates the severity of citywide flooding and identifies regional-scale projects and ensure multi-jurisdiction collaborations to create flood resiliency. The master plan is designed to improve drainage throughout the city to benefit motorists, residents, and area businesses by reducing flooding during storm events.

The Lyon-Ivy project will replace two culverts and a series of storm drainage piping in the area of the Eutaw Tributary in and around Lyon, Ivy, McKimmon, and McGougan Roads, as well as Rogers Drive and Chester Circle.

Work fits the goals of the watershed master plan, approved with a set of prioritized, short- and long-term projects. The city has already approved over $60 million for high-priority projects. To learn more about the watershed masterplan, visit the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency here.

This award was made possible by efforts of organizations like the American Flood Coalition, who initially highlighted the funding available through North Carolina Emergency Management. With AFC’s help, local leaders created a unified voice to advocate for this grant, which will greatly improve the resilience of our transportation infrastructure.

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