Pictured is the area where the Town will fill in current open type drainage ditches and install new drainage pipe underground.

Photo courtesy Town of Collierville 

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have been approving a surge of flood control and drainage improvement projects all set to commence this fall and be completed by December 31.

The projects are all part of a Community Development Block Grant and include Center Street to Sycamore Street drainage improvements, Alcorn Street/Harris cove drainage improvements and Friendship Cove/Hurdle Street drainage improvements.

All three projects are covered by a Community Development Block Grant obtained in 2017 for a total of over $2.2 million, the grants are specified for infrastructure improvements in CDBG qualifying areas. The grant, administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development stipulates the improvements must be completed by December 31.

One of the projects underway this month is the Friendship Cove/Hurdle Street flood protection project. The improvements are designed to reduce flooding on streets and in yards during heavy rain events. Within the scope of the project the Town will be filling in some open drainage ditches and in place of those, installing 1,460 feet of drain pipe that will run underground. The new underground drain pipe will range from 54 inches in diameter to 15 inches.

Additionally, there will be 24 inlet drains installed throughout the area, these inlet drains will collect rain water where it will flow into the new drainage pipe.

The total cost of this project is $395,000.

“Much of the existing drainage infrastructure in the areas southwest of the Square were installed using open ditches. The new drainage system we are installing will be safer, more effective and because we are eliminating the open ditches, it will have a cleaner more aesthetically pleasing look,” said Dale Perryman, Town Engineer.