Flood relief comes to one of Grand Island's busiest streets, where a long overdue construction project finally begins.
What is now a construction zone has been one of Grand Island's most popular winter spots for the last decade.
Tearing down Wasmer School made a great sledding hill, and kids from the new school even take field trips there.
"They're out here having the experience of a lifetime," Principal Better Desaire told NTV during a field trip this past school year.
A decade after the hole was dug, it will serve the purpose it was designed for. It wasn't built for snow, but heavy rain that poses a flood risk on nearby Highway 30.
Project Manager Scott Griepenstroh said, "Most of all we need to handle those flood events, so highway's safer for motorists."
Even a light rain forms puddles, as tires sprayed water on Wednesday.
Pipes as big as 42 inches across will carry rain from the highway to the Wasmer detention cell.
Griepenstroh said, "We'll be going down roughly eight to ten feet deep cuts, removing half the street on sides we're replacing; we're putting in new storm sewer."
Relief is ten years in the making, after changes to federal road funding in 2008 held things up on the $1.26 million project.
"We're still very happy to see federal funds come back to city of GI and the assistance we've received from DOR to get this project to this stage where we're starting construction," Griepenstroh said.
It will help the highway without construction on the highway, since more inlets were added while widening the street five years ago.
However, the project manager said nearby residential areas will see detours as the city digs in.
"We're working with residents to keep them notified when to expect when we'll be working those areas and taking out their driveways. We're trying to work as best we can to get that access restored," he said.
Kids will still be able to go sledding, while cars won't have to worry as much about sliding on flooded streets.
"That's the major improvement this is going to bring relief to Second Street," Griepenstroh said.
Construction begins this week. Van Kirk Sand and Gravel of Sutton is the contractor.
The city project manager will post updates online so residents can keep track of detours.