PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Army Engineering Corps in Pittsburgh has entered into a more than $ 200,000 project partnership agreement with the City of McKeesport to complete repairs to storm sewer systems in multiple locations across the city.
The partnership agreement is the first step in repairing storm sewers along Eden Park Boulevard and State Route 48. The repairs will protect local properties and adjacent roads while reducing the potential for future erosion.
“Signing a partnership agreement is always an exciting time as it generally marks the beginning of something important,” said Lt. Col. Albert Butler, deputy commander of the Pittsburgh district. “For the district, this means the opportunity for us to support a project that can significantly improve the quality of life in a community. For the McKeesport community, this means the beginning to the end of the sewer problem for more than 19,000 residents. “
Severe localized flooding created sinkholes and collapsed parts of the existing sewage collection system. The system repairs will alleviate flooding problems in the area, protect the water quality of nearby waterways, promote public safety and preserve the structural integrity of neighboring roads during storms.
“The repairs to the existing system will reduce the risk of future erosion and protect both public and private property,” said Scott Swansinger, project manager for the Pittsburgh borough.
US Representative Mike Doyle, Representative for the 18th District, has worked closely with the district to promote projects like this for communities in Allegheny County.
“I was pleased to be supporting grant funding for this important project that has long been sought by local and regional officials,” said Doyle. “I would like to commend the Pittsburgh District of the Army Corps of Engineers for their hard work to make this project a reality.”
The contract work is expected to be completed by December 2023.
The government will share the cost of the project with the sponsor at a rate of 75 to 25 percent under the Section 219 Environmental Infrastructure Program.
BACKGROUND: Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992 (PL 102-580) authorizes the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide design and / or construction support to non-federal interests in the implementation of water-related environmental infrastructures on resource conservation projects in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
The 26,000 square miles of the Pittsburgh District encompasses parts of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, and southwestern New York. It includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood reservoirs, 42 local flood control projects, and other projects to protect and improve the country’s water resources infrastructure and environment.
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|Release Date:||15.15.2020 16:41|
|Place:||PITTSBURGH, PA, USA|
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