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Drainage problems worry Mahoning residents

Published July 12. 2010 05:00PM

Route 209 is currently being repaved and that brought renewed concerns from resident Joe Curran who lives along the highway and has been to various Mahoning Township supervisor meetings over the past year. He, along with neighbors requested the supervisors help them with drainage problems along 209 in the Jamestown area of the township.

At the recent Mahoning Township supervisors' meeting, Curran was there to express his concern about PennDOT's handling of the problem.

"I'm concerned the materials PennDOT puts back will be what was there already and won't fix the drainage problem," Curran said. "They put some groundings in the front and side of my house in the ditch caused by the drainage and did not roll it. I hope that is not how they plan to fix the problem. They only placed four shovelfuls there."

Chairperson John Wieczorek said he was not able to reach the correct person to address the township's concerns. Curran said he spoke to Project Manager Calvin Ulshafer and Ron Reeser, but the blocked pipe that is causing some of this problem still has not been repaired.

Supervisor George Stawnyczyj expressed his frustration with PennDOT's apparent attitude toward Mahoning Township. "They fixed one inlet in Mahoning Township and said they didn't have the money to fix anything else yet they have the money to fix the screw ups they made from work they did using a grant in Lehighton, but they claim they cannot fix the drainage problems they caused in Mahoning Township along Route 209."

Stawnyczyj said further that PennDOT told the township they could not use the millings created from the paving processes to repair anything in the township as they needed to be recycled, but Stawnyczyj alleged PennDOT work crews took six inches of millings off of a Lehighton bridge and dumped it on a nearby farm property for use by someone.

Wieczorek asked Stawnyczyj to set a meeting with the appropriate PennDOT officials to see if they can address and solve these drainage problems to everyone's satisfaction adding he was concerned about solving the problem and not necessarily where PennDOT was putting its groundings.

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