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Work to begin soon on $2 million mall detention pond

STERLING – Work on a $2 million detention pond behind Northland Mall is expected to begin by Sept. 9, part of a chain of projects designed to reduce flooding around the city.

Martin & Co. Excavating of Oregon will be digging the pond, dirt from which will be used to fill in the vacant lot along the riverfront that then will be seeded with native prairie mix.

The deadline for completion is June but the work likely will be done before then, Public Works Superintendent Brad Schrader said.

The detention pools will keep water from flooding Lincolnway near Merrill Street.

“We’re going to catch it, hold it and then release it,” Schrader said. “It’s one of seven projects needed to be done to take care of the flooding.”

They are Dillon Avenue Phase 1 from 11th to LeFevre, ongoing work in the Douglas Park area including Douglas Drive, Chestnut Avenue, Harvey Drive and Woodside Drive, on Miller/Second Avenue, West Sixth Street south of Kidd Field, on East 13th Street and on Johnson Avenue, all of which total nearly $7 million.

At the Aug. 5 meeting approving Martin’s contract, the council also approved Freeport-based Civil Constructor’s bid of $1.2 million for the second phase of the Dillon Avenue reconstruction, from West Fourth to West Eleventh streets.

It includes new sewers, sidewalks and roadway; a start date is not yet set.

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