Reagan Street underpass

A Jeep drives through water during a storm at the underpass along Reagan Street in Sunbury.

A $1 million Community Development Block Grant has been awarded to Sunbury to alleviate flooding near the Reagan Street Underpass.

The project will replace a 15-inch combined stormwater sewer line, which backs up during severe rain events, with a 48-inch line that will become the new sewer line from Front Street to Fourth Street along Reagan.

Sen. John R. Gordner, R-27, Berwick, and state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, Sunbury, announced the grant Thursday, in coordination with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) and through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

“Reagan Street is essential for the movement of traffic through the city,” said Representative Culver. “By addressing these lingering flooding concerns, we can avoid costly backlogs and allow people to move freely about the area.”

Reagan Street is a major east/west artery, which leads to several businesses and UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury.

“We are very grateful to Senator Gordner and Representative Culver for their support of much needed infrastructure improvements in Sunbury,” said Sunbury City Administrator Jody Ocker on behalf of the mayor and the city council. “This grant will allow us to eliminate a longstanding flooding problem at the Reagan Street underpass and continue improving our sewer and water systems. Our collaboration with the Sunbury Municipal Authority and PennDOT is remarkable and gives us the best value for our efforts. We also appreciate the phenomenal support from SEDA COG in the grant application process.”

CDBG Competitive grants are awarded through DCED for community facilities and infrastructure improvement projects.

Gordner was pleased Gov. Tom Wolf and DCED chose the Sunbury project. “These funds will help to address an area that deals with significant flooding issues on a regular basis,” he said.

SEDA-COG is thrilled to partner with the city council, mayor and staff to resolve a long-term problem, said Bill Seigel, the organization's executive director.

“With the support of Senator Gordner, Representative Culver and DCED, the quality of life, health and safety of our citizens will be enhanced," Seigel said. "This infrastructure investment represents another critical step in flood resiliency in our region.”

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