Drainage for the Villa Del Trio and Lake Worth Hills communities north of Lake Worth Road should improve by late summer.
The city council Monday awarded a $432,941 contract to Shenandoah General Construction Co. of Pompano Beach to improve the water-handling capacity of two canals, known as A and B, that flow east into the Lake Worth Drainage District’s E-3 Canal and drain the area east of Sherwood Forest Boulevard.
The city received a $278,479 flood-mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the drainage improvement project, lowering the city’s cost to $154,462.
Work will include widening the canals, removing debris and increasing the size of six culverts to improve the capacity of the canals.
After improvements are complete on Canal A, the canal is expected protect buildings in a 100-year storm, or the worst storm likely to occur in 100 years.
Completion of Canal B improvements will increase capacity enough to protect buildings from flooding in 50-year storms.
Shenandoah General Construction was chosen as the lowest-responsible bidder from among seven bids submitted to the city.
A notice to proceed will be issued after the contract is signed and permits are in place, Assistant City Manager Tom Lanahan said. The company must complete the canal improvements within 100 days after the work begins.
Also Monday, Mayor Sam Ferreri was sworn in for a 13th term as mayor. Council members Paula Bousquet and John Tharp were sworn in for second terms.
All three Greenacres officials were automatically reelected in February after nobody filed papers to run against them in the March 12 election.