A Capital Improvement Project
The Emerson Street drainage project ($3 million) in the Castle Park neighborhood filled in the open ditches with gravel and put new storm drains at the corners with asphalt berms to direct the water into the storm drains. They also put a lot of gravel on top of mud presumably to filter water and keep mud out of streets and drains for a small part of each block.
Some of the asphalt berms cross people's driveways.
The contractor left a piece of old pipe in the ground and the water collected around it causing a section of street to sink. They had to dig it all out and replace the dirt with gravel.
Between Fourth and Fifth Streets the ditch was channelized with chain link fencing and large expanses of gravel on both sides.
Sand bags are also needed.
An interesting solution on Second Ave.