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Intern Finds a Way to Save $80K on City Project

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MADISON, AL (WZDX) - A Bob Jones High School student interning for the City of Madison is being credited for reducing the cost of a road drainage project by $80,000.

Ben Kendall used computer modeling to come up with a drainage alternative to save money on Madison's Mose Chapel road improvement project. Kendall studied the project site and drainage systems in other developments to model how to deal with runoff.

Kendall modeled a detention pond in his analysis that turned out to be a major cost-saving alternative than using 900-feet of 42-inch reinforced concrete pipe. The pipe option would have cost $100,800. Kendall's solution, if approved by the city, will reduce the cost of the project by approximately $80,000, officials said.

"Ben did the work with minimal direction and self-taught himself how to use the software for the analysis. We gave him direction for each step of the project and back checked his work to keep him on course. By the end of the analysis, he had a good understanding of the drainage basin and how he was altering the runoff pattern to gain the desired benefit. He did a good job," said City Engineer Gary Chynoweth.

Madison City Councilman Mike Potter said the detention pond will have the added benefit of lower maintenance costs and provide greater protection to nearby homeowners from flooding.


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