(HARRISBURG) – – Funding for channel improvements along Quaker Run in Ranshaw has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt Masser (R-107), who strongly advocated for the project. $500,000 in Disaster Relief funding was made available through the Community Development Block Grant program following Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene in September 2011.
“Some of the worst flooding in my district occurred in Ranshaw when portions of the existing channel along Quaker Run failed, causing severe damage to homes,” said Rep. Masser. “I considered this project to be a priority to prevent future flooding.”
New concrete channel walls will be installed along Quaker Run, and the walls will be higher than the existing channel.
“This project has strong support from Coal Township and its residents, as evidenced by a well-attended hearing last year,” said Sen. Gordner. “Representative Masser and I appreciated this local support, which helped us forward the project with the Department.”
The Commissioners of Coal Township expect to begin engineering for the project immediately, with construction expected to begin next spring.
Todd B. Roup