District completes drainage repair project for Rock Island Arsenal family housing

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
Published Jan. 5, 2021

The 2019 winter season at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, revealed drainage issues in the family housing area. Driveways and sidewalks saw heaving from the frozen grounds and ponding of water accumulating from rainwater downspouts. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District resolved the drainage issues by designing a modification for a new underdrain system installation.

“The modification removes runoff collecting near the house and driveway, which contributed to persistent pavement or foundation damage due to water infiltration and freeze/thaw action,” said Capt. Jeffry O’Loughlin, Military Support Section project manager. “Because of this repair project, the residents of these houses are now safer.”

The Louisville District Civil Section team, led by Steve Thibaudeau, Engineering Division, Civil Section chief, developed a sufficient drainage resolution by assessing the drainage system, brainstorming and creating the design drawings, according to O’Loughlin.

The Louisville District team worked closely with the RIA Garrison Command and Directorate of Public Works to finish the project in October of 2020, almost two months ahead of the contracted schedule, which was slated for December 2020. The project cost a little more than $266,000 to complete.