Currently, the project is planned to start construction in March of 2011. The work will proceed in stages though the neighborhood and is expected to be completed by November of 2011. More specific details on the schedule will be posted when they become available.

The project could improve street drainage because of heightened slopes and subterranean pipes to keep water from pooling. But it won’t drain water that frequently collects behind the homes and floods residents' yards, city engineer Nick Hutchinson told residents Thursday night.

The Bryant neighborhood was originally a wetland – developers dealt with that by building drainage ditches (also known as swales) in many backyards. But over time, it’s likely that those ditches have been filled in and aren’t functioning as originally designed, Nassauer said. She asked residents attending Thursday’s meeting whether water problems have gotten worse in the last 5 to 10 years – her question was met with a chorus of “Yes!”

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