Roselle Wins Multiple Recognitions for Major Flood Control Project

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Maser Consulting P.A. is pleased to announce the West Brook Flood Control Project for the Borough of Roselle has received multiple excellence in engineering awards for this project. The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers awarded the project its 2013 Municipal Management Project of the Year, and the New Jersey Alliance for Action bestowed its 2014 Distinguished Engineering Award upon the project. Designed in conjunction with Union County, the Construction Management portion of the project was administered by Maser Consulting P.A.

The Borough of Roselle is located within the West Brook watershed which traverses throughout the Borough, literally meandering through backyards, beneath roadways, and alongside schools and businesses. Under normal weather conditions the brook posed no threat of flooding to community properties. However, with any type of heavy rainfall, flooding waters from the brook caused serious and recurring damage, routinely interfered with traffic flow, inhibited municipal and emergency services for extended periods of time, and eventually took a toll by undermining existing Borough infrastructures. All of these problems combined to interrupt the community’s quality of life while raising flood insurance premiums.

Over many years of erosion and development, the West Brook had a limited capacity to adequately contain stormwater. In a massive, $10 million effort to put its community first, the Borough’s West Brook Flood Control Project was a monumental initiative that deepened and widened a two and a half mile long stretch of the brook to increase its stormwater capacity. From First Avenue to Raritan Road, this revitalization project excavated up to four-feet of the brook bottom and widened it up to 40-feet. The brook’s natural channel was stabilized with rock-lined walls, six road-crossing bridges and one foot bridge were replaced, and native vegetation planted to help with future erosion. Expected to handle 100-year storm events, this undertaking has already brought flood relief to the Borough and increased the overall quality of life for residents. It is hoped that revised FEMA flood elevations will help to lower flood insurance premiums.

The project was funded in part by a $5 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; the remaining cost was split by Union County and the Borough of Roselle.

The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME) is a non-profit organization established in 1929 to advance and improve the practice of Municipal Engineering in the State of New Jersey. It presents its Project of the Year awards annually in multiple categories. The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 2,500 business, labor, professional, academic, and government leaders that continues to be a leading advocate for investment in infrastructure for New Jersey’s economy, environment, and overall quality of life.

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