Polk County Roads and Drainage Division is nearing completion of the Sunset Trail stormwater improvement project. Sunset Trail is an unpaved road with a steep grade from Wes Mann Road on the east to Crooked Lake on the west. During heavy rains, stormwater runs down the road, creating deep ruts and depositing sediment directly in the lake.
The County is constructing curbs, gutters, stormwater pipes, and a stormwater retention pond. The Board of County Commissioners recently purchased a small parcel between Sunset Trail and the lake. to serve as the stormwater retention pond. This should prevent stormwater and sediment from discharging directly into the lake.
Construction began in Fall 2021 and is expected to be complete in Spring 2022.