In addition to the capital projects undertaken by the City to address flood damages, many other projects and planning efforts are underway in various stages from planning to construction. Most of the current year's paving budget has been used in areas where flood repairs were conducted. The funds were used to extend the paving beyond the immediate area of damage, which is all the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover in its reimbursement formula, or to upgrade the infrastructure to compensate for future events. The upgrading of infrastructure in the area, but not directly impacted by the floods, is not covered by FEMA funds.
These funds were also used in conjunction with the Metro Water Project on Lakeview Drive, Overton Lea Road, and Granny White Pike. The Metro project called for paving only the lane of traffic that was impacted by the project. The City worked with Metro and its paving contractor to obtain bid rates to pave all of the impacted streets within Oak Hill, where practical. Essentially, the City of Oak Hill paid for the lanes within the scope of Metro's project to be paved even if they were not directly impacted by the Metro contractor.
Beyond the limits of this project, the City also reworked a portion of Lakeview Drive where old sewer line trenches were collapsing and creating holes in the pavement. Once this project was completed, the remainder of Lakeview Drive was paved. Similar projects on a smaller scale have been, or will soon begin, on Blevins Drive and Morriswood Drive.
Separate from the FEMA-approved project on Tyne Boulevard, the City currently has a drainage project ongoing on Tyne Boulevard near the entrance to First Presbyterian Church. This project is designed to improve drainage of surface water along the shoulder of the road in an effort to prevent water from running off adjoining properties and onto the roadway. Last year some recent changes to adjoining properties created an increased flow of water onto the roadway, which froze during the winter and caused several accidents. Once the project is complete, this should no longer be an issue. However, portions of the project are difficult to construct due to a lack of right-of-way off the edge of the pavement in which we are allowed to work. The City must conduct all activities within the right-of-way, or acquire additional right-of-way. Individual property owners are responsible for issues that occur outside of the right-of-way on their own property.