New Storm Drains Coming (Mostly) at County's Expense
The Town of Somerset will get needed drainage upgrades along Falstone Avenue, thanks to Montgomery County's Drainage Assistance Request Program.
Road improvements are coming soon to the Town of Somerset, but they won't be entirely at the town's expense.
New storm drain inlets will be installed at the intersection of Falstone Avenue and Surrey Street at some point this fall. A portion of the work will be paid for by the Town of Somerset, but the larger share will be paid for by Montgomery County, Mayor Jeffrey Slavin told Patch.
"We couldn't afford to do it by ourselves," Slavin said.
The drainage issue was discovered by the town inspector, he added.
Montgomery County also will "place a storm drain under Falstone to collect the water. The engineer for the project estimates it will cost approximately $150,000, which will be funded by [Montgomery] County’s Drainage Assistance Request Program," according to the Somerset Town Journal.
"In return for this investment in Somerset, [Montgomery] County requires that the Town [of Somerset] upgrade curbs adjacent to the project to the current standard, which is 6 inches, so stormwater is properly conveyed to the inlets," The Journal added.
Reports of icing and flooding on or near Falstone Avenue have been filed by residents with the town over the past several years, The Journal added.
Somerset will let residents know when the work—which is expected to take four to six weeks to complete—will start. During the construction of the drains, driving on Falstone Avenue may be difficult, The Journal added.