The Wyche Park Detention Basin, part of the city’s West Irving Creek Channel, will undergo construction this month as part of a short-term solution to the long-term improvement project.
The long-term Wyche Park Detention Basin project will be completed as part of Phase A of the West Irving Creek Channel improvements. Many areas along the West Irving Creek Channel, which runs for 3 miles south of State Highway 183 from Pioneer Drive through Shady Grove Road, is relatively flat and historically does not provide adequate drainage for stormwater.
Constructed in the 1960s, the existing channel was designed to handle a five to 10-year flood. After completing a West Irving Creek Study, the city developed a plan to help about 250 properties from Oakdale Road/Markland Street to Wyche Park that are at risk of flooding during a 100-year storm.
Phase A of the project, which runs from Wyche Park to Alan-A-Dale, will take 165 houses in the Barton Estates and Sherwood Forest neighborhoods out of a 100-year flood zone.
Excavation will begin in March on a short-term project to lower the bottom of the detention pond by nearly 2 feet. The $525,000 project will decrease the likelihood of a flood risk for seven homes in the area. This construction is estimated to be completed within four months. The east side of Wyche Park, including the parking lot accessed from Pioneer Drive, will be closed for the duration of construction.
The city anticipates starting the West Irving Creek Phase A improvements in spring 2023, weather permitting. The West Irving Creek Project is part of the city’s Drainage Solutions for a Better Tomorrow.