FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 28, 2011
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Storm drainage and street repair projects under way at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Getting around the campus of Mississippi University for Women after a heavy rain will be a lot easier after current storm drainage and street repair projects are completed.
“Damaged and undersized drainage pipe is being removed and replaced with new correctly sized piping,” according to Dewey Blansett, director of facilities management.
In addition to the drainage repairs, the project encompasses re-paving most of the streets on campus, he said.
Jody Kennedy, assistant director of facilities, added, “The goal is to eliminate flooding in the areas that historically have had standing water during and after moderate to heavy rain events. Also, we hope to increase the rate in which water is channeled off campus as well as improve the comfort and aesthetics of the university’s vehicular thoroughfares.”
Repairs began in the fall and are expected to be finished mid-July.
The work costs about $1.6 million and is being funded through state general obligation bonds.