$2.7 million was awarded to town of Sterling, New York, to implement flood protection measures on West Bay Road.
A $2.7 million project to control storm water runoff is breaking ground in the town of Sterling, New York.
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office press release, the rebuilding of the existing storm drainage system on West Bay Road will be the focus of the project. The road currently consists mainly of roadside ditches which are unable to adequately transport runoff during high water events.
“The roadway consistently experiences localized flooding, impacting vehicular travel and the structural resiliency of the pavement,” states Gov. Cuomo’s office press release. “This project will help reduce flooding on West Bay Road, and in the process enhance the safety and resiliency of the roadway for residents and emergency vehicles.”
The project featured mitigation measures which will be to install 1.8 miles of storm water collection system along West Bay Road and construct bioretention basins to infiltrate, store, and filter the rainwater, stated the press release.
The project is part of the state's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which is a response to a pattern of flooding along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. Five REDI Regional Planning Committees, composed of representatives from eight counties were established to identify local priorities, at-risk infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns, according to REDI.
"The project breaking ground on the West Bay Road is critical to the residents of Sterling," said Sterling Town Supervisor Scott Crawford in the press release. "Through the Governor's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative the storm water collection system along the roadway will be replaced and upgraded, mitigating future flooding and road closures, and ensuring the safe passage of residents."