Mullery: Contract awarded for mine reclamation project that will reduce flooding in Newport Township

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources has awarded a $987,967 contract for a mine reclamation project in Newport Township.

As part of the project, the contractor will restore the original bed of a branch of Reservoir Creek on the south side of West Kirmar Avenue. This will reduce the possibility of flooding impacting homes and businesses in the neighborhood, reduce the chance of flooding damaging a nearby bridge and help keep West Kirmar Avenue open during heavy rains.

“This projects has many benefits for Newport Township,” Mullery said. “State Senator John Yudichak and I were pleased to work together to help secure funding for it.”

DEP said work is scheduled, which will be performed by Brdaric Excavating of Luzerne, to begin on Oct. 3 and be completed by Sept. 7 next year.

The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Trust Fund, which receives money from a fee paid for each ton of coal mined, will finance the project.