MAYOR BOLLWAGE ANNOUNCES FLOOD REDUCTION AND GREEN IMPROVEMENTS FOR TRUMBULL STREET

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE ANNOUNCES FLOOD REDUCTION AND GREEN IMPROVEMENTS FOR TRUMBULL STREET
 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ - May 31, 2017 – Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, along with the support of Fifth Ward Councilman William Gallman, Jr., announced today that on or about Monday, June 5, 2017, the City of Elizabeth will begin construction on a new stormwater control system and an improved streetscape at Trumbull Street and Sixth Street. 
 
“This project will remove an abandoned, deteriorating building; help reduce flooding in the area as well as provide the community with a new rain garden and green space,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “We appreciate our residents’ patience during the construction and look forward to the social and economic benefits this initiative will bring to the Fifth Ward neighborhoods.”
 
Throughout the years, area residents, businesses and motorists have been impacted by chronic street flooding, which has caused traffic disruptions and access restrictions at this intersection. Like other urban areas in the United States, the City has a combined sewer system, which means that the municipal wastewater and rain water share the same pipe. In dry weather, sewage is conveyed to the wastewater treatment plant. In heavy rainfall, however, these pipes can become full and it is necessary to divert the excess flow directly to the waterway. 
 
Therefore, as part of its continuing efforts to reduce these combined sewer overflows (CSOs), the City will be tearing down the existing, abandoned building and will be installing a 1-million-gallon tank under the triangular land parcel formed by Trumbull Street, Sixth Street and Bond Street.  This effort will capture and temporarily store storm runoff from the surrounding drainage area. The system will include a pumping station and an above-ground control building to monitor and release the water at a controlled rate when levels in the combined sewer have subsided. 
 
The land above the storage tank has been designed to incorporate green infrastructure elements, with rain garden plantings and walking paths that will absorb and infiltrate excess rain water at the site. Attractive landscape features will also be created to beautify the neighborhood.
 
The project is being funded in part through a green infrastructure principal forgiveness loan and other financial assistance from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Environmental Infrastructure Trust. It is expected to be completed by Summer 2018. 
 
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