(MOUNT CARMEL) – – After nearly thirty years of discussion and planning, the long-awaited project to control flooding along the Shamokin Creek in Mount Carmel is a reality. Local and state officials broke ground for the $14 million dollar project today along East Water Street in the borough.
State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27), who along with State Representative Kurt Masser (R-107) helped obtain state funding for the project last year, credited team work by current and former officials for the project, which will help alleviate flooding that occurs at up to 100 properties along the creek. The project involves state, county and local funding.
“Former Representative Bob Belfanti was instrumental in getting the first state commitment for the project in 1996. Representative Masser and I were determined to push the project to its final stages and provide the final funding piece. And the commitments of the Mount Carmel Borough Council and Northumberland County Commissioners were also important in moving the project forward,” said Senator Gordner.
Joining Senator Gordner and Representative Masser at today’s groundbreaking were: former Rep. Belfanti, Mayor Kevin Jones and Council President Tony Matulewicz, and representatives of the SEDA-Council of Governments and the State Departments of General Services and Community and Economic Development.
Work will begin on the project by the end of April and could take up to three years to complete.
Contact: Todd Roup