Framingham Public Works (FPW) has received complaints of basement and street flooding during heavy storm events in the vicinity of Cunningham Drive, Cherry Street, Concord Street, and A Street along an unnamed tributary of Cochituate Brook. In response to the complaints, FPW began investigating and evaluating stormwater drainage systems in the area.
Development of the Massachusetts Turnpike in the 1950s and the construction of residences in the 1960s through 1980s, significantly impacted a free-flowing stream and associated wetlands in this area. Wetlands were filled, the stream was culverted under the Turnpike and a drainage system was constructed under several private properties to redirect the flow. In 2013, FPW installed a bypass pipe on Cherry Street to help alleviate groundwater baseflow. In early 2014, a Campello Road Drainage Relief Study evaluated alternatives to alleviate flooding but determined that diverting stormwater flow to nearby wetlands was not a viable option. An expanded drainage relief study was conducted to further evaluate the current causes of, and potential solutions to, flooding in this area. One of the recommendations from the study was reconfiguration of drainage pipes and replacement of a stormwater outfall.
The drainage system around the intersection of Cunningham Drive and Cherry Street will be redesigned and drainage pipes will be reconfigured and reconstructed in the Town’s right-of-way. Stormwater runoff will be discharged to a replacement outfall north of Cherry Street into the MassDOT right-of-way.
Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed in this construction season.