Jerry Little: U.S. 25 N. widening project will handle rain storm runoff

It’s come a long way. The U.S. 25 N. widening project includes new drainage infrastructure on both sides of the roadway. Contractors have told the city the project will be finished within seven weeks.

Will the improvements of the U.S. 25 N. widening project adequately handle rain storm runoff? Yes, according to Berea City Councilmember Jerry Little.

Little, who chairs the council’s Public Works Committee, addressed the issue Tuesday night during a meeting of the Berea City Council, saying citizens have raised concerns about standing water in the road after rainy weather. Little said the issue will soon be resolved.

“That won’t be a problem after we get a finished coat of blacktop on it,” Little said of U.S. 25 N. “Right now we just have the base coat on and the water can’t run to the gutter. People are getting concerned about it, but when we get it done, it’ll be good.”

In related news, City Administrator Randy Stone announced the Allen Company has revised its projected completion date to September 1. Unusually rainy weather has been one factor in delaying the project, officials said.

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