Stormwater improvement project continues from Hemlock to Cypress Park _lowres

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- Zachary Department of Public Works employee Wayne Allison, right, measures the depth of a ditch dug by co-worker Wayne Day on March 3. The project includes replacing stormwater drainage pipes from Hemlock to Cypress Park streets in an effort to reduce flooding in the area.

The city of Zachary continues its work on a major stormwater improvement project along 39th Street.

Zachary’s Department of Public Works is overseeing the replacement of stormwater drainage pipes from Hemlock to Cypress Park streets in an effort to reduce flooding in the low-lying areas.

Estimated to cost between $80,000 and $90,000, the project is replacing old dilapidated drainage pipes with larger pipes, allowing an increase of stormwater flow, city officials said.

“By utilizing our city employees for this project, the city of Zachary was able to save about $75,000. I would like to commend the crew of hard-working city employees for a job well done,” Public Works Director Chris Davezac said.

Remaining work includes pouring driveways, finishing catch basins and grading dirt.

Davezac said the project should be completed by the end of April, barring any weather delays.