The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is announcing a kickoff event for the $1.2-million sediment removal contract along the Stonycreek River in Johnstown.
The kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave, Johnstown, PA 15902.
The event is an opportunity for the Corps to discuss the project’s expected timeline with Johnstown residents and other stakeholders.
"This opportunity to meet with Representative Joyce and our partners will ensure everyone understands the project goals and benefits,” said Col. Andrew Short, commander, Pittsburgh District. “Maintenance projects like this are critical because they help sustain local flood protection by ensuring maximum performance of the original projects.”
After the project’s completion, the Stonycreek River channel will have an unimpeded water flow and a reduced risk of flooding that will benefit more than 19,000 Johnstown residents.
The contract was awarded to Green World Contracting Company of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania.
The local-protection project is designed to reduce the impact of floodwater to the existing river banks by providing concrete walls built to accommodate flows equivalent to those of the March 1936 flood.
“Maintaining the Stonycreek River infrastructure is a key priority for the Johnstown community. After months of working alongside Col. Short and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I am looking forward to the groundbreaking of these much-needed updates to protect the citizens of Johnstown and prevent future catastrophes,” said Congressman John Joyce, 13th Congressional District representative. “As I saw firsthand while walking the river walls and climbing the river banks earlier this year, this project is vital for the safety of our community.”
The contract work is estimated to commence in early 2020 and finish in September 2020.
BACKGROUND: The Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project became the nation's second-largest flood control project of its type when it was constructed between 1938 and 1943. It is one of three federally-maintained local flood-protection projects within the district and consists of a concrete-paved channel that extends 9.2 miles along Johnstown's three rivers – Conemaugh, Little Conemaugh, and Stonycreek.
Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. It includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood control reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects, and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources infrastructure and environment.
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