ASHLEY – A room full of concerned residents turned out on Thursday to hear a presentation by officials of the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding a planned $8 million flood prevention project along Sulphur Run in the borough.
Doug Hill, a representative with the state’s Bureau of Waterways Engineering, outlined the proposed project’s features, and necessary easements and land acquisition that will affect residents along the length of the planned construction.
Hill said the project is necessary to contain the flooding along the waterway that has plagued borough residents for years. Construction will take approximately two years to complete once ground is broken.
Commencement of the project is still at least two years away, he said, and the state will finalize engineering plans while Ashley officials begin the process of acquiring the land along the waterway.
Many of the residents at the meeting were concerned about the scope and duration of the project and the fact the current plan does not provide for backfilling the existing channel once the project is complete.
The proposed plans call for a partial re-channeling of Sulphur Run along with construction of a concrete “U channel” and enclosed prefabricated culvert.
Hill said the completed $8 million project is designed to protect the borough from a 100-year flood, and with proper maintenance, will last for about 50 years.
Known as Sulfur Run locally, the creek is, according to the state, an unnamed tributary of Solomon Creek, officials said.
Many of the residents at the meeting were concerned about the scope and duration of the project.