Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski and Alexander Mirabella speak with Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and Union County Parks Maintenance Director Michael Brennan about the stream stabilization project for the Union County Route 22 Park in Scotch Plains to help alleviate flooding issues.
After a torrential rain storm last August flooded downtown Scotch Plains, members of the NJ DEP, County Engineering and Parks departments along with Scotch Plains Township personnel met at the request of Mayor Glover. The discussions culminated in a project that has been submitted for approval by the State. The plans include the replacement of the various types of failing sections of a retaining wall along the stream. It will also will include removal of accumulated debris and sediment in certain areas of the stream. This work will improve the flow and function of the stream with the aim of reducing flooding. Additional improvements will include removal of an outdated and aging pedestrian bridge.
The Route 22 Park is officially part of the Watchung Reservation but there is a shared service agreement between the Township and the County that allows for capital improvements to be undertaken by Union County and the day to day maintenance performed by the Scotch Plains Recreation Department.
Construction bids will be requested this fall with an anticipated start date in early 2017, once NJ DEP approval is obtained.