Sulfur Run Water Runoff Project In The Works In Ashley

April 6, 2019

Engineering and acquisition of easements are underway on the Sulfur Run water runoff project in Ashley.

The project, which is intended to head off street and surface collapses, was developed by the community and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Councilman Jerry Maldonado said funding was secured and construction could begin late in 2019 or in 2020.

The project centers on a creek that runs from Conyngham and South Main streets west about 2,600 feet to Solomon Creek. The unnamed tributary has been called Sulfur Run at times. Solomon Creek runs west in Hanover Twp. and empties into the Susquehanna River.

The stream is underground for much of its length, including a stretch of about 200 feet under the parking lot of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church at 33 Manhattan St. Sometimes dry, the stream carries rain runoff. Flooding often occurs during heavier storms.

The project will cost $4,920,000 covered by a state DEP grant; $400,000 from Luzerne County and another $300,000 in state funding. State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp., and state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, have been assisting the borough in the project, Maldonado said.

Most of the rebuilt stream, about 2,250 feet, will be enclosed in a concrete box culvert. Another 65 feet will be a grouted rip-rap channel and 370 feet will be an open concrete channel with a four-foot high chain-link fence.

Maldonado said the stream runs under South Main Street near the George A. Strish Funeral Home and there is a danger that the street could one day collapse. The existing underground conditions include masonry and tile-lined culverts, corrugated metal pipes, gabion basket-lined channels and concrete block channels.