Mensch Announces State Funds Pottstown Stormwater Arch Replacement, Local Parks Upgrades

HARRISBURG– Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) today announced the approval of $265,000 for Pottstown flood mitigation and parks projects.

The borough will receive $140,000 to help pay for the installation of a new stormwater arch located at 1200 High St. The age of the infrastructure coupled with the severity of storms in recent years have caused many arches to become structurally deficient to the point where some have collapsed.

A new water quality unit will be installed to remove pollutants and a new storm sewer will be installed between High Street and Queen Street. The new pipe-arch storm sewer will have significantly improved hydraulic characteristics when compared with the current masonry box culvert and be made of aluminized steel for an expected useful life of 100 years. The total project cost is $921,406.

“Pottstown’s network of arches are aging and failing, and the need to replace them is urgent. I am pleased to announce this state assistance to help cover the significant cost of these vital projects,” Mensch said.

Pottstown will also receive $125,000 to renovate Chestnut Street Park and South Street Park to improve safety, accessibly and stormwater control. Each park will also update the site amenities to include benches and trash/recycling receptacles. The play area will be expanded in Chestnut Park and new walking path will be added. The total project cost is $324,363.

“Local parks provide opportunities for recreation, exercise and social engagement. They also need regular repairs and upgrades. I’m happy this state grant will help bring tax dollars back to the district to help pay for these improvements,” Mensch said.

The funds were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) board. The CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

Contact: Lidia Di Fiore ldifiore@pasen.gov (215) 541-2388