Posted on: October 4, 2012

The Laurel Public Works department has been hard at work. In the past few weeks, crews have worked on several ditch improvement projects and repaving of damaged streets throughout the city.  It has been a collective effort between city and county for many of the projects.
Drainage repair on Ridgewood

City and County crews overlay a portion of Ridegewood Dr.
On Ridgewood Drive in Laurel, city and county crews worked to overlay portion of the road. Also, a drain was in serious need of repair due to massive erosion and safety concerns. PW crews improved the drain to keep erosion at bay while allowing the proper flow of run-off behind several homes.  Some trees were removed because of root damage and to keep them from falling onto private residences.
Laurel Public Works Deputy Director, Larry Barnes, and fellow city employees, Jerry Jones and Terry Abney, with the addition of county workers from Beat One, Ed Harper and Joe Bustin, kept progress moving at a steady pace.  Beat 3 Supervisor, Barry Saul, also provided workers including Derek Holder, Jonathan Walters, Chris Buffington, Jody Boler, Gabe Field, Kory Breland, Don Haigler, Levester Ulmer, Richard Anderson and Wayne Byrd to make this a combined effort.
The Euclid Road and Susie B. Ruffin Drainage Improvement Projects are nearing completion. The east bank of the Euclid project was covered with rip rap while Flexamat was used on the west bank. Flexamat is used to control erosion and offers permanent, hard armor protection, with a natural appearance that will allow vegetation to eventually growth through.
Susie B Ruffin Drainage project
Both drainage projects were made possible by grant money from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) as well as matching funds from the City of Laurel.