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Birmingham approves nearly $14 million for drainage systems and city streets

The plan will be funded through a city bond refinancing.

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The Birmingham City Council and Mayor’s Office approved Tuesday a nearly $14 million amended capital projects plan for city projects related to Birmingham’s streets and storm drainage system.

The plan, recommended to the city council by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, will be funded through a city bond refinancing.

“These projects support our top priority of neighborhood revitalization. We want to move quickly to secure the funds needed to complete these projects,” Woodfin said following the passage of the measure on Tuesday. “I thank the members of the council for working with me to take this step to move these projects forward.”

The amended improvement plan includes street scraping projects on 2nd Avenue South; 3rd Avenue West; 41st Street; Forest Park Avondale Business District; Greensprings Highway; and Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard, according to the Birmingham Mayor’s Office.

Street and sidewalk work includes Carver Avenue Southwest, 19th Street Ensley and 4th Place North from 12th Avenue and 14th Avenue to improve access to Tuggle Elementary School on Enon Ridge.

Certain streets and blocks in Birmingham are notorious for flooding when rainstorms pass through the city. The flash flooding is due in large part to an increasing number of severe storms hitting the city drainage system, which is not designed for such heavy system-wide inundation. Drainage projects in Hooper City and Pine Knoll Vista were approved with this improvement plan on Tuesday, according to the Birmingham Mayor’s Office.

The Mayor’s office explained in a statement on Tuesday that most of the projects are not yet “shovel ready,” with many being in the initial design phases or right-of-way acquisitions.

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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