On Monday, April 23, the City of Coeur d’Alene will break ground on a stormwater retrofit project that will occur simultaneously and in the proximity of the education corridor Phase 1B project. The stormwater retrofit project has been identified as a critical project for years and has also created serious problems, especially during major rain events. Due to the location’s high vehicle use and Phase 1A of the education corridor project that began last fall, circumstances have not been favorable to start the project. With careful planning and a can-do contractor, the right time has finally come to make the city’s wastewater plant work more efficiently and to divert stormwater where it is meant to go. The project will take place on Mullan Road from the east end of the Memorial Field parking area, extending west along Mullan Road and north on Park Drive to Garden Avenue. The project’s outcome will be to block the existing storm water system from entering the sanitary sewer system and divert it into the existing storm water collection system on Park Drive and Garden Avenue. This will eliminate storm water in the area from flowing into the Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant, saving the cost of treating storm water to wastewater effluent standards. On Monday, April 23, the contractor, Big Sky Development, will start construction of 891 linear feet of new 12-inch diameter storm drain piping, installation of catch basins and manholes, and asphalt surface repair. Because the work will take place within the paved areas of Mullan Road and Park Drive, traffic control is a priority. With the exception of a small portion of Park Drive (at the intersection of Park Drive and Mullan Road), there will be no road closures. Residents of the area; visitors to businesses; and students, employees, and visitors to North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, and the University of Idaho; are encouraged to use the newly-constructed Hubbard Avenue entrance to access the area during construction. Remember: Park Drive is closed for Phase 1B of the education corridor project. Motorists should exercise caution around the work zone. Some of the streets that will have delays or intermittent street closures include Mullan Road, Park Drive, and the Garden Avenue/Park Drive intersection. Project completion is anticipated by May 11. For more information, please contact Project Manager Jim Remitz at (208) 769-2278.