ROSELLE – A two-mile stretch from First Avenue to Raritan Road in Roselle is slated to undergo a massive storm-water channel revitalization project in the coming months to relieve neighborhood flooding.
“Infrastructure improvement is one of the cornerstones of my administration,” Mayor Jamel Holley said. “For far too long, our residents have been dealing with this flooding. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the NJDEP and Union County for assisting the brough with this very important project that residents have waited far too long for.”
Holley added that this project would not be a reality without the legislative support of state Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman Joseph Cryan.
The $8.67 million project is being funded in part by a $5 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; the remaining cost will be split by Union County and the Borough of Roselle.
The project is geared to better control flooding within the Borough, especially during 100-year storm events, such as Tropical Storm Irene in August.
Councilwoman Christine Dansereau calls the project a breath of fresh air for the citizens in the Borough. “Flooding has been a real concern for our residents because every major storm had the potential to cause serious water damage,” she said. “This project will alleviate those concerns.”
Councilwoman Kim Shaw who represents the fourth ward, said that she has heard complaints from residents for years. “I’m glad that our administration is taking the necessary steps to eliminate this problem,” she said. “This project signifies that the arrow is pointing up and that the Borough is putting citizens first.”
In order to expand stormwater capacity within the West Brook, the stream will be widened and dredged. The streambed will be excavated to be four feet deeper in some areas; the banks will be widened up to 40 feet in areas, as well.
In addition, a flood control berm will be constructed, primarily at the Pine Street crossing area.
As part of the project, six road crossing bridges and one foot bridge will be replaced. The stream channel will be stabilized with rock-lined walls in areas. Elsewhere, the natural channel will be modified to better handle flooding, while native vegetation will be planted.
Carl O’Brien from Maser Consulting will be the engineer overseeing and inspecting the project which being performed by Montana Construction of Lodi. It is to be completed by November 2013.
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