The channel of the creek was rebuilt through a 15-block area of Shamokin Creek, which runs through Mount Carmel. SEDA COG says erosion and age caused the stone retaining wall along the creek to crumble and sediment build-up caused the creek bed to become shallow, blocking the flow of water, causing it to back up and flood homes along the creek.
The project included construction of a concrete channel, improvements to storm drainage and sewer systems, streambank stabilization, new bridges at Walnut, Chestnut, Hickory, Pine and Vine Streets and reconstruction of Water and Turnpike streets.
Construction on the $14.5-million project started in April 2013 and work was complete by December 2015. Some paving will be finished this spring. The public is invited to the ribbon cutting Thursday at 11 a.m. at 650 East Third Street in Mount Carmel. (Ali Stevens)