Tennant Way Stormwater Low Impact Development Improvements
Client—City of Longview, Washington
Gibbs & Olson provided design phase services for this stormwater Low Impact Development (LID) project. The Tennant Way corridor is the gateway approach into the City from Interstate 5 and has the third highest average daily traffic volume in the City. The main objective of this stormwater project was to showcase LID techniques and demonstrate to the public the connection between the built environment and water quality. This project implemented stormwater LID retrofits that reduce runoff volume, remove stormwater runoff pollutants, and improve corridor aesthetics. The streetscape design included elements such as the conversion of on-street parking areas into bioretention planters, replacement of asphalted center medians with green medians, consolidation of driveways, pervious sidewalks and ADA ramps, and replacement of portions of water and sanitary sewer lines.
The Tennant Way corridor is zoned commercial and mixed use commercial/industrial, and a portion serves as a designated truck route. The Longview ditches receive stormwater runoff from the Tennant Way corridor. Water in these ditches is ultimately pumped to the Columbia River. Water quality within the ditches has been identified as problematic and broad adoption of LID stormwater techniques help improve the area’s water quality.