Pittston sewer progress praised
May 15 Filed under: Events
PITTSTON – Standing on the soft dirt surrounding the site of Pittston’s ongoing sewer improvement project, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger asked a more than familiar question.
When will the project – a multimillion initiative that includes the city and West Pittston – be complete?
“Mr. Secretary, you sound like our residents. ‘When’s it going to be done?’” West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy said.
State, city and borough officials gathered in state Sen. Raphael Musto’s district office in Pittston on Friday to praise the quick cooperation that drove the projects, while also looking forward to 2011, when the improvements to the more than century-old sewer systems should be complete.
By then, half of West Pittston and three areas of Pittston will have benefited from the combined $20.75 million of sewer work, financed through federal Recovery Act money and state funds.
The improvements will help eliminate sewer backups for residents and keep water contaminated with sewage from reaching the Susquehanna River during heavy storms, said engineer Thomas Reilly Jr., whose Reilly Associates serves both Pittston and West Pittston.
“Sewage in the river,” said state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Hughestown. “We need to do better than that.”
The update about the project began in Musto’s Main Street office with Hanger touting the economic impact of the project, which has put about 200 people on work sites, he said. More than that, he said, the improvements will benefit the communities decades from today.
“This is an asset we’re sending to the future, not a debt to the future,” Hanger said.
Later, Hanger and officials, including state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, Pittston Councilman Joe Chernouskas and several others, walked down to the work site near Cooper’s Seafood House on Kennedy Boulevard. With a construction crew behind him and heavy equipment to his side, Hanger voiced his approval of the project.
“It’s going to make a big difference,” he said.