Federal funds will support far west side flood prevention project

The city of Madison is set to receive $6 million from the federal government to cover an $8.6 million project which will provide protection for a far west side area devastated by floods in 2018, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency award will support the proposed Pheasant Branch Tributary Greenway Enhancement project in the Old Sauk Trails Business Park. Designed to mitigate flood risks through improving capacity of existing greenways and ponds, the project could begin as soon as summer 2024.

Key project features include:

  • Improvements to capacity and flood storage of more than 2,000 feet of greenway channels, enhancements to stormwater ponds, and improvements to concrete culverts in greenway crossing locations;
  • Improvements to storm sewer to mitigate street and building flooding, while also directing runoff into the greenway system; and
  • Replanting and restoration of areas with native vegetation.

A total of 17 structures will benefit from lowered flood elevations for improved access and potential damages. Safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikers will also be improved by reduced or eliminated street flooding.