Responding to concerns raised by flood damages last year, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) awarded nearly $1 million to Greenville to address serious storm sewer issues, according to Senator Michele Brooks and Representative Mark Longietti.
PENNVEST awarded a $497,500 grant and a low-interest loan for the same amount to the borough for its Brackin Alley Storm Sewer Replacement project.
Residents of the lower portion of Brackin Alley reported serious flooding issues following a torrential rain storm last year. The next morning several large sinkholes appeared, forcing borough employees to close the road and take immediate action to support an exposed natural gas pipeline. The borough engineer determined that the existing storm water collection system was deteriorated and had collapsed, causing sinkholes and releasing sediment into the Shenango River.
The borough will use the PENNVEST funding to replace 1,254 feet of sewer lines and install 16 new catch basins. The work is expected to begin in July and run through October.
“This funding will correct the problem and address the basic cause of the flooding that devastated the alley and put residents at risk,” said Senator Brooks. “The support from PENNVEST will enable the borough to move forward with the work and it will ease the financial burden that would have been borne by residents.”
“I am pleased that PENNVEST is providing necessary funding to replace the existing deteriorated storm water collection system along Brackin Alley, said Representative Longietti. “This project will not only provide relief to homeowners who have experienced flooding problems and sinkholes, but will also prevent sediment from flowing into the nearby Shenango River.”
PENNVEST awarded the funding at its board meeting today. PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state.