Flooding on Weisenberger Road has been a problem in Madison County for decades, but county officials now say they have a solution that would mitigate all but the heaviest of storms.

County Engineer/Road Manager Dan Gaillet said they recently hired Mendrop Engineering to look at the problem from a stormwater standpoint.

“They went in and found with some of the smaller storm events, the road actually floods out,” Gaillet said. “They made a number of recommendations on things we need to do to help the situation out there.”

Gaillet said between the railroad tracks and Highway 51, Weisenberger Road is significantly lower and needs to be raised. The affected stretch of roadway is approximately one quarter mile.

One of the recommended steps would be to raise that road by three feet, Gaillet said.

In addition to raising the road, there is a box culvert underneath the tracks officials recommend to close in an attempt to try and send stormwaters up to Bear Creek on the west side as opposed to flowing east of the tracks.

“By elevating the roadway about three feet we can certainly have a lot more success in keeping that road open,” Gaillet said.

As for bigger storm events, Gaillet admitted there wasn’t much that could be done because there are times when the railroad tracks flood and the area is in a floodplain to begin with.

Part of the work would also include the addition of an eastbound turn lane to help with traffic flow.

The high-level estimate initially given to county supervisors was $1.7 million, but Gaillet said they might be able to get everything done for less.

“Once we get into the design, hopefully it’s not as bad as we’re thinking,” he said.

District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones has been very vocal the last year on trying to fix the flooding problems.

“It’s the access for Gluckstadt east to get to the interstate and right now it’s dangerous when it floods,” she said, adding that numerous school buses travel that road daily. “Weisenberger is a big priority for the county.”

In October, supervisors unanimously approved a funded road plan for this fiscal year that included Weisenberger Road.

Some of that funding could come from an $8 million bond supervisors passed earlier this year which limited money to be spent on only 14 specific road projects. Five projects were given the green light and made a priority — Robinson Springs Road, Virlilia Road, Deerfield Drive, Harvey Crossing and Tisdale Road.

Three of the projects — Robinson Springs, Virlilia and Tisdale — have all come in under engineer estimates to the tune of approximately $1 million combined. Another $700,000 of the $8 million was not allocated and set aside in the event of overruns on the first five projects, leaving approximately $1.7 million currently unallocated. The other two projects initially approved are in the design stages now.