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York Supervisors Vote to Approve Stormwater Project for Cook Road, Old York-Hampton Highway

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The York County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a stormwater project meant to alleviate flooding around the intersection of Cook Road and Old York-Hampton Highway.

The more than $1 million project includes a large pond surrounded by low and high marshes that will be built on land owned by the county near the intersection. The area has been prone to flooding for years during heavy rainstorms and other weather events.

“It should prevent the roads from flooding,” said York County Stormwater Division Chief Connie Bennett. She added the project would make nearby lands “a lot less prone to flooding.”

Now that the supervisors have approved the project, it will take about a month to get contract documents executed and approved. That would set the approximately six-month project to begin as early as mid-August.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.195 million. Of that money, $110,000 and $414,806 come from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, respectively. The remainder comes from York County.

Along with the pond, contractors will install storm drainage pipes along and under the two roads. Bennett said the work could lead to detouring on the roads, but advanced notice will be provided.

Stormwater pooling near the intersection of Cook Road and Old York-Hampton Highway has been problematic for years. The York County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a project which will create a stormwater pond to deal with the issue. (WYDaily Staff Photo)
Stormwater pooling near the intersection of Cook Road and Old York-Hampton Highway has been problematic for years. The York County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a project which will create a stormwater pond to deal with the issue. (WYDaily Staff Photo)

The land where the pond will be built used to belong to the York County School Division. The school board voted in December to swap the land with the county in exchange for some land elsewhere on Cook Road, where the division wants to build a small bus loop near the visitor’s field house at York High School’s Bailey Field.

In January, VDEQ awarded York County more than $1.3 million in stormwater grants for three projects, including this one. The rest of the money will go toward acquiring an easement and engineering a retention pond and stream restoration near Dare Elementary School and a retention pond and stream restoration at the outfall to Wormley Creek at Old-York Hampton Highway.

The three projects are expected to help the county meet some of its responsibilities toward a total maximum daily load reduction for the Chesapeake Bay. The total maximum daily load was established in 2010 by the Environmental Protection Agency in a move designed to restore clean water to the Bay and its tributaries.

The Chesapeake Bay is characterized by poor water quality, degraded habitats and low populations of many species of fish and shellfish, according to an EPA fact sheet. There are also excessive levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from agricultural, urban and suburban runoff. By establishing the limit on what enters the water, the EPA hopes to meet the requirements of an executive order from President Barack Obama seeking to restore and protect the bay.

Supervisor Sheila Noll was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, so she did not cast a vote.

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