Ciresi announces over $280K for Pottstown stormwater arch repairs

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $281,884 grant has been awarded to assist with storm sewers and flood mitigation for a rehabilitation project in Pottstown.

Ciresi strongly recommended and pushed for the funding made available through a Flood Mitigation Program grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development.  

“Safe roadways and functioning water systems are two of the basic things government has to get right,” Ciresi said. “Pottstown is a historic, once-industrial town with stormwater systems under our feet that date back to Civil War Reconstruction. Before Pottstown’s leaders write the next chapter, we have to make sure the foundation is safe and stable.”

Ciresi has been working to call attention to and advocate for a solution for the poor state of repair for the Pottstown stormwater arch system, much of which was built over 150 years ago. In July, he  joined state and local officials in touring the arch system and calling for funding to repair and maintain the arches and to pass Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure investment proposal. Ciresi also visited the underground portion of the arch system in May to better understand its current state, including several collapsed portions.

The $281,884 grant will allow the Borough of Pottstown to undertake a comprehensive inspection and evaluation of all storm sewer arches within the borough. The inspection will provide information regarding the storm sewer arch locations, size, shape and material, along with documenting visible defects. The borough will also make emergency repairs to a collapsed segment of the storm sewer arch.

The project will also include the demolition of an existing condemned garage structure, excavation, installation of a new aluminum box culvert set on cast-in-place concrete footers, transition collars, backfill and surface restorations. The total cost of this project is $331,629.

Additional information is available by calling Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265.