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100 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
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Walk and Bike Pottstown

Walk and Bike Pottstown is a collaborative effort between the Borough and Pottstown School District, with funding provided by the PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Program and the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.

Walk and Bike Pottstown will extend the current bike lanes located on High Street throughout the Borough to increase connectivity and provide more opportunities for active transportation. The network is being designed to appeal to people of all ages and abilities so all residents will feel more comfortable biking or walking to destinations throughout the Borough.

The project will consist of three phases:Cycletrack

Phase 1 - Extension of bike lanes on High Street; installation of cycle track, or a protected bike lane, on Jackson Street, Beech Street, North Roland Street, and South Roland Street

Phase 2 - Creation of bicycle boulevards on Evans Street, Franklin Street, Oak Street, Johnson Street, and York Street

Phase 3 - Sidewalk remediation at various locations along proposed route

The project is being designed to have the smallest impact possible on homeowners and residents. Parking will be restricted in some areas, while others will experience directional changes in roadways.

Overall Project Map
Western Network Map
Eastern Network Map
High Street Bike Lane Extension
High Street Parking
North Roland Street
South Roland Street
Jackson Street - Eastern Section
Jackson Street - Central Section
Jackson Street - Western Section


Washington and Laurel Street Corridor Flood Mitigation 

Borough Staff and BCM Engineers have conducted a study on the stormwater system in the Washington and Laurel Street corridor. This study was initiated in 2012 as an effort to respond to property owner issues associated with flooding and review potential capital improvements within the Borough's public right of way. The results of that study are as follows: 

Plan No. 1: This document identifies the stormwater drainage basins in the Borough of Pottstown. The drainage basin that affects the Washington and Laurel Streets area is the Hubley’s Run Stormwater Basin, noted in light blue.

The majority of the stormwater collected in the Hubley’s Run drainage basin is collected and conveyed to the Schuylkill River through the Hubley’s Run culvert that parallels Washington Street, below the railroad. South of the railroad, the majority of the stormwater is collected at the intersection of Washington and Laurel Streets, then conveyed to the Hubley’s Run culvert. At the point the stormwater from the Washington and Laurel Streets collection system enters the Hubley’s Run culvert, it will combine with the stormwater from the large area north of the railroad.

Plan No. 2: This document identifies the existing conditions related to the stormwater system in the drainage area south of the railroad.

• Red line indicates the 100-year flood line as defined by the National Flood Insurance Program.
• Blue lines indicate the stormwater collection system and the Hubley’s Run culvert that conveys the stormwater that drains to the Schuylkill River.
• Green line outlines the three sub drainage basins south of the railroad. The Evans and Franklin sub drainage basins discharge directly into the Schuylkill River. The Washington Street sub basin discharges into the Hubley’s Run culvert at which point the stormwater combines with the stormwater from the large area north of the railroad (see Plan No. 1).

As noted on the plan, the elevation of the paving at the intersection of Washington and Laurel Streets is the lowest area in the Hubley’s Run sub drainage basin south of the railroad. This is the location where most of the stormwater accumulates, either in the collection system or on the surface, prior to being discharged into the Hubley’s Run culvert. The stormwater that is not conveyed to the Hubley’s Run culvert flows over the ground to the intersection of Washington Street and Industrial Highway.

Plan No. 3 and Plan No. 4: In an effort to divert the stormwater from the area of Washington and Laurel Streets, a study was conducted to evaluate the possibility of diverting the stormwater to the Schuylkill River at either the Evans Street discharge or the Franklin Street discharge and eliminate the connection to the Hubley’s Run culvert. To accomplish this a new piping system would be required, as shown on Plan No. 3 (Franklin Street discharge) and Plan No. 4 (Evans Street discharge). After further evaluation, neither of the two options would be able to convey the required flow and the high water levels in the Schuylkill River could still reflect back into the Laurel and Washington Streets intersection.

Plan No. 5: This plan addresses the impact that the stormwater would have on Washington Street, Industrial Highway and Laurel Street if the four duckbills would be installed and closed due to the high water level in the Schuylkill River.

With the duckbills closed and a storm event of the magnitude as noted on Plan No. 5, the stormwater would pond up to elevation 135.00. The areas impacted by the stormwater ponding to elevation 135.00 are noted by the light blue line. Most all of the houses would be affected by the ponding, since the basement windows are below the 135.00 elevation and the sewer vents (allowing water to enter the basement sewer) are also below the elevation 135.00. However, the first floor of the homes would not be impacted.

To lower the ponding elevation, a pumping station would be needed to pump the stormwater. A pumping station with a 6,000 gpm pump would lower the ponding elevation to 134.27. The limit of the ponding at 134.27 is noted in orange. With a 6,000 gpm pump, only a few houses would have basements that would flood.

To eliminate the ponding of stormwater when the duckbills are closed, a pumping system capable of pumping at 30,000 gpm would be required. This would result in a small ponding area in the intersection of Washington and Laurel Streets as noted in red.

Conclusion:

The installation of a stormwater pumping station would cost upwards of approximately $750,000 and would only need to operate very infrequently. This option is neither practical nor economical. However, a solution to the flooding of the basements that the homeowner can address immediately would be to block up the basement window and install backflow prevention on the individual sewer lateral serving each home to prevent stormwater from flowing into the basement through the sewer vent located in the street. 

Next Steps:

The Borough staff will proceed with the following action items:

• Review additional alternatives
• Review of duck bill valve installation and scenarios with the Montgomery County
• Review of duck bill valve installation in coordination with the implementation of a property owner hold harmless agreement