The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 4, 2013

Flood control work along Mahoning Creek to start soon

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — A Williamsport firm is the apparent low-bidder to construct the missing part of Danville’s flood protection system over Mahoning Creek that could have prevented millions of dollars in damage in 2011.

Susquehanna Supply Co. submitted a bid of $1,487,596 Monday afternoon.

Two other bids were received by Danville. They were $2,350,777 from J. Fulkroad and Sons Inc., of McAlisterville, and $2,990,000 from Robert C. Young Inc., of Mifflinville. Borough secretary Tom Graham and finance director Shannon Berkey opened the bids.

Dave Johnson, of Larson Design Group, of Williamsport, said he would check the bids and verify the paperwork.

The bids will be on the agenda of the Danville Borough Council meeting starting at 6 tonight, Graham said.

Johnson said construction should start the end of this month or in early July. The project is to be completed by December.

Borough and Montour County officials have said if this section of the flood protection system had been in place during the September 2011 flood, the millions of dollars to the Danville Middle School and businesses along Route 11 could have been averted.

The dike closure project is being funded by a nearly $3 million H2O grant to the borough. The grant also covers engineering costs and inspection fees.

The work includes construction of stop log closure structures across Route 11 and the North Shore Railroad on both sides of Mahoning Creek. Also included are construction of floodwalls between the stop log structures, connecting to the existing flood wall or levee system, extending the earth levee parallel to Route 54 along the creek, removal of the existing stop log structure and miscellaneous construction.

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