Lake Elsinore approves contract to design drainage fix for ‘Avenues’ neighborhood

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A slide presented to the Lake Elsinore City Council explains the drainage improvements needed in the “Avenues” neighborhood. Currently, the area shaded in blue is an unmitigated watershed that can result in flooding, city engineer Remon Habib told the City Council. Valley News/Lake Elsinore photo

The Lake Elsinore City Council awarded a $169,000 contract Tuesday, Oct. 13, to design drainage improvements for a city neighborhood that has a history of problems with runoff from a nearby hillside.

Adams Streeter Civil Engineers will provide engineering services to evaluate and design improvements in the “Avenues” area, wedged between Lakeshore and Auto Center drives southeast of downtown Lake Elsinore.

City engineer Remon Habib told the City Council that currently, the watershed of the hills north of the neighborhood “currently is unmitigated and just dumps right down Avenue 2.”

That drainage not only impacts existing pavement, “but also the degree to which the water flows and the debris that comes down from the hills is a nuisance to the people that live in the area,” Habib said.

Seven proposals from different firms were received in late August and ranked by city staff in early September, with Adams Streeter being ultimately chosen to perform the design work.

According to a city staff report, the drainage improvement project “will significantly reduce the amount of flooding which regularly occurs in the “Avenues” neighborhood during rain events.”

Specifically, the staff report said, the proposed improvements will mitigate runoff into the neighborhood and allow for 100-year storm event runoff to be contained within the street right of way.

Habib told the council it would take about eight to 12 months to design the improvements, and that they will be coordinated with an existing pavement improvement plan.

The city council approved the project unanimously.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.