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City of Aiken Stormwater Relief Project Update

Friday, November 12, 2021

Unmanaged storm water runoff has caused serious erosion and sedimentation in the Hitchcock Woods, leading to environmental damage & safety issues in the Woods & beyond.

This project addresses these issues by constructing underground detention vaults to control stormwater runoff while also creating a new green space for the community.

This new greenspace will provide a visible Gateway to the Hitchcock Woods by highlighting & connecting its main entrance to Aiken’s historic downtown area.

The City of Aiken is providing regular updates on the progress of this project. You can check back here to this site for future updates.

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October 29, 2021

The City of Aiken Stormwater Relief Project for the Sand River will begin the next phase with the installation of retaining walls for the Best Management Practices (BMPs) stormwater containers at the Sand River Construction site located just inside of Hitchcock Woods and at the Laurens St SW and South Boundary Avenue SW between November 1 and November 19.

This phase will utilize pile driving equipment, placing steel members into the ground, resulting in intense and repetitive noises surrounding the construction area. The retaining walls are a crucial safety feature of the project to ensure that the excavation of the sites and vaults during construction progresses safely.

The strategy for stormwater relief implementation in the city is currently used in over 160 locations throughout the country, and it’s the first to be installed in South Carolina. Two automated control systems will be installed on the BMPs to maximize the effectiveness of relieving stormwater flow.

Aiken City Council appointed Thalle Construction as the project contractor. When complete, the newly installed system will contain and control the flow of stormwater discharge into the Sand River located in Hitchcock Woods. The project is slated to be completed by September 2022.

August 17, 2021

The City of Aiken Stormwater Relief Project for the Sand River will begin clearing to create additional green space on August 23, 2021. The new green space at the Laurens St SW and South Boundary intersection will consist of newly planted shrubs and trees, sod, and flowers, which will be a finished outcome of an innovative stormwater relief project. A new sidewalk will also be installed on the southbound side of Laurens Street, connecting to the green space that will be located at the entrance of Hitchcock Woods.

Mayor Rick Osbon commissioned a Stormwater Task Force in 2016, and City Council accepted a Sand River Implementation Plan in 2018. Two Best Management Practices (BMPs) stormwater containers were proposed as a viable solution to reduce the flow and velocity of stormwater into the Sand River located in Hitchcock Woods.

The installation of the BMPs will take place in the vicinity of South Boundary and Laurens Street SW, and the clearing of the designated location will not compromise any of Aiken’s magnificent streetscape.

“The Aiken City Council understands the importance of improving our infrastructure. This project is a great example of protecting and preserving an important part of Aiken’s history while better serving the needs of our citizens. This is a significant aspect of the stormwater relief plan.” stated City of Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon.

The strategy for stormwater relief implementation in the city is currently used in over 160 locations throughout the country, and it’s the first to be installed in South Carolina. Two automated control systems will be installed on the BMPs to maximize the effectiveness of relieving stormwater flow.

The $15.8 million project is funded by the One Percent Capital Projects Sales Tax, City of Aiken Hospitality Tax funds, federal American Rescue Plan funds, a loan from the South Carolina State Revolving Fund, and a DHEC grant.

Aiken City Council appointed Thalle Construction as the project contractor. When complete, the newly installed system will contain and control the flow of stormwater discharge into the Sand River located in Hitchcock Woods. The project is slated to be completed by September 2022.

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