Stormwater study identifies areas of improvement

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
Robins recently conducted a basewide stormwater drainage study to identify and develop solutions to its existing drainage system.

The study, which began in 2008, identified 10 priority areas across the base which, upon completion, will eliminate or reduce flooding by storm waters, particularly on the flight line and roadways on the southwest side of the base where traffic is heavy.

Proposed improvements include the upgrading or replacement of existing pipes, abandonment of existing pipes, installation of additional pipes or box culverts, the steepening or reversal of existing pipe gradients, widening of existing drainage ditches, installation of lightweight bridges, and other projects.

One priority area is located on the flightline between Taxiways B and H. Any standing water can affect aircraft and airfield operations, said Kenneth Scruggs, 778th Civil Engineer Squadron project manager. The study's solution includes the installation of a box culvert to provide added capacity for drain pipes in the area, as well as replacing old drainage.

Other projects, some possibly projected to start as early as this year or as late as 2020, would repair or replace existing storm drains, refurbish retention ponds, install new culverts, and repair or replace channels along heavy-traffic roads.

All proposed project areas include drainage of water that will eventually empty into the Ocmulgee River watershed.