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SWCC storm drain completion expected July 28

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT
Construction continues on Southwestern Community College's new storm drain Wednesday west of the campus. The drain runs through Crestmoor Country Club, shown in the background, across Highway 25 and into Summit Lake.

Construction on Southwestern Community College’s storm drain is expected to be completed before August on campus, and construction at Crestmoor Golf Club was completed in June.

The storm drain, part of the college’s construction for Spartan Court, leads from the college campus, through Crestmoor’s course, under Highway 25 and into Summit Lake.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, said the project was grouped into the bid for dirtwork. The cost for the bid was approximately $80,000.

Spartan Court is expected to be finished in July, with a final walkthrough July 31. Furniture will arrive the first week of August, and students will begin moving in the following weeks.


Storm drain construction at SWCC is currently taking place west of the campus, and is expected to finish July 28, in time for the first walk-through of Spartan Court.

“We were told that the storm sewer line south of the college ... would not hold our water, and it would actually have flooded the basements of several homes (near the hospital and James subdivision),” Lesan said.

Water will start at a retaining pond before going down the system and reaching Summit Lake.

“We’ll hold water back and slowly let it go down the system,” Lesan said. “The problem was, at the new dorm, the capacity (of the storm sewer) wasn’t there. We couldn’t hold it long enough to get it down.”

The retaining pond has tile underneath to help move water through the line faster.

Highway 25 was temporarily closed when construction began on the system in spring 2014, and it will be closed again when construction is finished.

Austin Smith with Garden and Associates of Creston designed the storm system.


Construction for the storm drain at Crestmoor went through five holes and the driving range before connecting to Summit Lake.

The 12-inch line goes through the fairways of hole one, three, four, five and seven. The line is attached to the golf club’s current system under the course, which will drain water faster from the course.

“I remember when it rained hard, and that bottom (at Crestmoor) would be wet for four days,” Lesan said.

Lesan said water bubbled up in the fairway of hole one before the lines were hooked up, but that hasn’t happened since. Lesan also said standing water is gone within several hours.

“It’s going to make it dryer way faster than any other time I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Lesan said.

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