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B'ville: Upgrading underground systems

In 1979, the village of Baldwinsville removed a culvert that drained Tannery Creek and replaced it with a larger eight-foot culvert to better drain the area.

However, the newer culvert connects to a six-foot by five-foot culvert that flows under the village and drains into the Seneca River. Since the larger culvert flows into the smaller one, it creates a bottleneck in the area below E. Genesee Street. According to Sykes, the smaller culvert needs to be replaced to allow for better drainage.

Sykes said the New York State Department of Transportation operates the smaller culvert and won't upgrade it until there is an obvious problem.

"The DOT won't do anything unless the water goes over the road," Sykes said. "But the water can't go over the road because it is a closed system."

According to Sykes, the culvert will have to be addressed sooner or later and, because of the location, it will be expensive project.

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