Help on the way for flooding Farmington street

While residents on Mayfield Street in Farmington will get relief from severe flooding, city officials say the cost will be much greater than anticipated.

During a city council meeting on Monday, City Manager David Murphy said he’d visited the street while it was flooded and saw someone paddling a canoe down the street.

“The water was deep enough to swim in,” he said.

Rather than installing a larger storm sewer line, which would be prohibitively expensive, Murphy said the city will install a second, smaller line. That’s going to require also replacing a water main, and working on some driveway approaches and sidewalks.

The original budget of $1,175,000 was based on a cost estimate from a similar street. But with the additional work, Murphy said, the estimate is now $1,850,000. The additional dollars will come from remaining 2019/2020 concrete patching funds, the city’s Sidewalk Program, and the 2020/2021 roads program.

“I think it’s still an important project, because it fits things we need to take care of,” he said.

Officials also put off “micro-surfacing,” or applying a thin layer of paving to, the downtown parking lot south of Grand River.

“Because there are not actual chunks of asphalt coming off the parking lot, we’re going to put it aside for a few years,” Murphy said, “and do a better job that will last longer.”