Doral to consider $7 million plan to stanch street flooding

Doral’s Public Works Department will recommend about $7 million worth of stormwater projects as part of a master plan to curb the city’s flooding issues.

After about six months of work with A.D.A. Engineering on assessing the city’s needs and examining flooding history, the department has produced a list of projects that address several city roads. The projects are grouped into two priority levels, with Level 1 being a five-year plan and Level 2 to be considered as funding becomes available.

These recommendations will be presented to the city council in March.

Carlos Arroyo, stormwater utility manager for Public Works, said at a recent open house at city hall that the projects focus on areas that affect the people the most.

“The priority is to keep water out of homes and businesses,” he told the Miami Herald.

Priority Level 1 includes streets in the neighborhood east of Lakeside Memorial Park, stretches of Northwest 52nd Street near 107th Avenue and John I. Smith K-8 Center, and pieces of 56th Street between 87th Avenue and 97th Avenue, among other areas. This level also has the stretch of Northwest 87th Avenue that runs through what’s known as the Doral Decor District, south of 36th Street.

Priority Level 2 areas include other segments of the aforementioned roads and a piece of Northwest 29th Street west of 107th Avenue, 88th Avenue just north of 12th Stree, and 53rd and 52nd streets just west of the Palmetto Expressway.

Cesar Borges, a senior project engineer with A.D.A. who worked on the plan, said the council will be able to use the recommendations as a guide when budgeting for projects going forward.

“This is a tool to determine what the areas are that we need to work on,” he said.

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