Flood Control Project Passes First Test
May 17th, 2018
AFTER – February 2018
David L. Talbott Retention Pond and Lift Station Northwest Corner of Addison Avenue and Wolf Road
Village of Franklin Park
Historically, the I-294 Industrial Park in the Village of Franklin experienced significant flooding for even minor rainfall events. So on February 20, 2018, the property owners in the I-294 Industrial Park saw the weather forecast and began to prepare for the worst.
Fortunately, this time around was to be different. Thanks to a cooperative effort between Franklin Park, the Illinois Tollway and CBBEL, two new stormwater storage basins and a pump station were constructed to address these issues in the industrial park. These flood control facilities receive water from approximately 10,000 linear feet of new, larger storm sewer, which was finished in Fall 2017. An existing basin on the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad was also enlarged and the existing pump station upgraded. The flood control project not only provides stormwater storage, but also included newly paved, wider streets within the industrial park. CBBEL assisted in all coordination and permitting and performed Phase I, II and III engineering services of the $23 million improvement.
On February 20, interested parties breathed a sigh of relief when the water from a storm that would have previously closed streets and flooded intersections was directed into the newly constructed stormwater basins. The flood control project had weathered the storm and was the answer the industrial park business owners and the Village were seeking.
BEFORE – July 2014
Northwest Corner of Addison Avenue and Wolf Road
Jeana Gowin, PE
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Water Resources Department