Ciresi tours arch system to highlight critical infrastructure needs

POTTSTOWN, July 10 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi joined Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Regional Director Pat Patterson and local and state officials today to tour Pottstown’s underground storm sewer arch system and discuss how Restore Pennsylvania would help address infrastructure needs in the state.

“The maintenance and emergency repair needs of the Pottstown arch system present a problem far beyond the financial means of private homeowners or Pottstown Borough to deal with,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “The collapses that we’ve already seen demonstrate the urgent need for the state to take action to examine the state of the arch system, fix the portions that have collapsed, and perform maintenance to prevent more collapses in the future. Restore PA would provide critical funding to address this major problem and prevent a serious risk to property and safety.”

Ciresi has co-sponsored legislation to enact Restore Pennsylvania, a plan to invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant infrastructure projects, funded by a severance tax.

Ciresi previously joined Pottstown officials on a tour of the underground arch system in May.

More information from the Department of Environmental Protection on today’s tour is available here.