West Earl Township experienced localized flooding and infrastructure deterioration along East Main Street in Brownstown caused by stormwater runoff. Rain events resulted in hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians. Main Street serves as a connection between the schools, parks, public transit, residences, and local businesses. Streets and homes were often flooded, and the curbs, sidewalks, and road surfaces in this area were in poor shape. With pedestrian and motorist safety as a primary concern for the Township, RETTEW developed a stormwater management plan, incorporating various improvements along this heavily traveled roadway in the community.
We targeted the problem at the source — a lack of adequately sized stormwater facilities — and prepared Community Development Block Grant funding applications on behalf of the Township. With nearly $700,000 in funding secured, RETTEW completed the design and provided construction administration for three phases along East Main Street to construct stormwater improvements. The project included the repair and upgrade of curbs and sidewalks, including Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 approved ramps along the street to improve pedestrian safety. The repair and preservation of this vital thoroughfare was an integral part of improving the quality of life and safety in the West Earl Township community.