Project DRI enters second year

The partnership between Louisville Metro and Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to address the community's most pressing drainage problems has completed its first year.

Mar 2nd, 2004

More than $8 million spent on 108 projects in 12 months

March 2, 2004 -- The partnership between Louisville Metro and Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to address the community's most pressing drainage problems has completed its first year.

With 381 projects identified throughout Louisville Metro at a total cost of $67 million, the two-and-a-half year plan will benefit neighborhoods with chronic drainage problems.

During its first 12 months, Project DRI funded 108 neighborhood drainage projects at a cost of more than $8 million.

MSD Executive Director Bud Schardein said Project DRI's progress in the first 12 months is significant.

"This marks a successful shift in focus for MSD from wastewater collection and treatment to stormwater drainage," Schardein said. "By working in partnership with Louisville Metro Government, we've been able to address the worst drainage problems to benefit the most people."

Project DRI completed more than $8 million in drainage improvements throughout Louisville Metro in 2003:

A) Beargrass Creek: 35 projects; $2.6 million
B) Floyds Fork & North County: 13 projects; $566,990
C) Pond Creek: 37 projects; $3.7 million


Of the 108 projects completed, more than half were in Louisville Metro's southwest quadrant at a combined cost of nearly $5 million. According to Schardein, more than 60 percent of all 381 DRI projects are planned for southwest neighborhoods.

Since 1987, when MSD became the stormwater drainage utility for most of Jefferson County, more than $150 million has been invested in drainage and flood protection projects. While much of this investment funded major channel improvements and flood storage basins, Schardein said MSD also completed significant amounts of neighborhood drainage work.

Most Project DRI work includes maintenance of silted drainage ditches, broken storm sewers and installing drainage facilities in neighborhoods where none exist. Project DRI was developed after the 2003 general election, as Mayor Jerry Abramson and the 26 Metro Council representatives looked for a way to respond to citizen's drainage concerns.

MSD also had heard from customers with drainage problems during a series of public meetings and through its Customer Service Department. Project DRI was unveiled January 27, 2003.

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