West Pittston residents provided updates to current disaster recovery projects

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com | February 2nd, 2016 10:53 pm

WEST PITTSTON — Residents were provided updates to the disaster recovery projects currently underway throughout the borough at Tuesday’s council meeting.

West Pittston Borough Engineer Tom Reilly of Reilly Associates spoke to the audience about what flood damaged areas in the borough were completed and what areas would be worked on in the near future.

The disaster recovery projects began two years ago when the borough received three sources of funding from a Local Share Account and two different Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Programs.

Reilly said the project overall is costing over $5 million.

The projects include four different contracts.

• The first contract is for the paving and drainage improvements of flooded areas south of Luzerne Avenue.

• The second contract is for the sewer replacement and roadway and sidewalk improvements, including lighting and streetscape, on Susquehanna Avenue to Spring Street.

• The third contract is for the drainage streetscape and lighting improvements at the large intersection at the end of the Fort Jenkins Bridge.

• The fourth contract is the sewer and roadway improvements in the flooded areas north of Luzerne Avenue.

Reilly said the first contract is already completed on South Susquehanna and Montgomery avenues as well as Blackmon, Excelsior and Race streets.

Work for contracts two and four, he said, will begin later this month and contract three is in the preliminary stages and will start construction later this year.

In other business, council members:

• Accepted a grant increase of $290,000 for the CDBG-DR.

• Ratified the submission of Brozena Consulting Services LLC for a payment of $6,400 from the Luzerne County CDBG-DR Buyout Program Funds in which Brozena Consulting Services will buy and demolish selected homes in flooded areas.

The next borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at the municipal building, 555 Exeter Ave.

By Jimmy Fisher


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