After months of detours and residents parking elsewhere, Kinzie Avenue between Ohio Street and Highway 31 is expected to re-open later this month.
Keith Haas, Racine Water and Wastewater Utility general manager, confirmed for Racine County Eye Tuesday that a project meant to alleviate flooding will wrap up later this month.
“Residents in the area of Kinzie and Roosevelt and other local streets in the area have experienced flooding during heavy rainfalls for decades,” he wrote. “The residents of this area should be able to breathe a little easier the next time it rains in their neighborhood.”
A story in The Journal Times in June recounted the damage heavy rains did in May 2014 when more than 1-1/2 inches of rain fell in 12 hours and caused serious sewer backups in several homes in the area.
The first phase of the Kinzie Avenue project included new pipes on Echo Lane between Kinzie and Crab Tree last fall, the story continues. This final step entailed laying new interceptor pipes on Kinzie and a total reconstruction of the roadway, including curb and gutter.
Because part of Kinzie Avenue goes through the Village of Mount Pleasant, the $800,000 cost of the project is shared between the City of Racine, the village and the water utility.
“(We worked) in conjunction with the Village of Mount Pleasant and the City of Racine collectively to make a difference in this neighborhood,” Haas’ statement continues. “It is rewarding to see that the Racine municipalities and utilities can work together for the betterment of its residents.”
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