NORTH ARLINGTON –
Eighteen crumbling storm water inlets around the borough have been rebuilt, Borough Council President Al Granell said.
Granell said the inlets were in gross disrepair and required fixing to capture rainwater and melting ice and snow and carry it to storm sewers.
“These repairs, identified some months ago as priority improvements that needed to be made, and they were recently completed,” Granell said. “Reconstructing these storm water inlets will improve public safety and quality of life for our residents.”
Some of the inlets were in such bad shape that they were collapsing or at risk of collapsing soon and their ineffectiveness caused backups, allowing water to pond in the streets, creating flooding conditions and – in winter – an ice hazard, he said.
“With the heavy downpours we have been experiencing in recent years and the heavy snows, it was imperative to get this project done before the winter really hits us, and we did,” Granell said.
The borough used $85,000 in local funds to pay Jo-Med Contracting Corp. of Elizabeth for the project, which included repairing curbs and sidewalks and small road repairs around the inlets. It took about two weeks to complete the work.
Those inlets that were rebuilt are: one near 150 Prospect Ave., three on Arlington Blvd., two on Park Ave., one at Wesley and Morgan Places, one near 45 Devon St., one near 113 Jason Way, one near 2 Webster St., two on Hendel Ave., one at 134 River Road, one at Locust and Riverview Aves., one near 246 Prospect Ave. and all inlets along Riverview and Lincoln Aves.