HARRISBURG – A low-interest loan sought by PA House Majority Caucus Chairman George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to address flooding concerns in two areas of Penn Township was announced today. The loan is provided by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).
“Stormwater issues along Dolly Avenue and in Harrison Park have been a concern for local officials and local residents for some time,” Dunbar said. “It is estimated that these projects are going to have a positive impact on more than 8,000 homes in both areas. I am glad that PENNVEST worked with my office to make this happen.”
Dolly Avenue is an area known to locals as being prone to flooding. To remedy the problem, approximately 1,700 feet of new storm pipe and 22 inlets will be installed. In addition, existing stormwater control measures along Dolly Avenue will be improved.
Flooding in the Harrison Park area will be improved with the construction of a bioretention pond, the installation of berms and swales, the addition of 1,200 feet of new pipe as well as new inlet boxes and other improvements. Also, an existing stormwater pond will be retrofitted to accommodate additional water flow.
“Stormwater containment is one of the most pressing concerns for local governments and projects like these are precisely why the PENNVEST programs exist,” Dunbar said. “This will be a great improvement to the area, will help homeowners protect their assets and save thousands of dollars in property damage.”
The total cost estimate for both projects is roughly $2.5 million. Penn Township is contributing roughly $275,000. The $2.2 million loan will have an interest rate of 1.74% for the first five years before increasing to 2.17%.
The 56th Legislative District includes the following Westmoreland County communities: townships of Hempfield (part), North Huntingdon, and Penn (part); and the boroughs of Irwin, Manor, North Irwin and Trafford (part).
Representative George Dunbar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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