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The purpose of the project is to stabilize, naturalize, and improve ecosystem function along Sandy Run Creek at Roychester Park and Grove Park in Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Specific objectives are to enhance and restore aquatic, wetland, and riparian habitat; improve infiltration of flood waters; stabilize stream banks and reduce erosion; control invasive species; and reconnect floodplains.
In Roychester Park, the banks in the above ground sections of the creek are currently severely eroded and disconnected from the surrounding floodplain. Furthermore, invasive species and other factors reduce the quality of the habitat. In Grove Park, the main section of the creek is channelized with concrete, which reduces the aquatic habitat value and increases water velocities during storms.
Construction within Roychester Park and Grove Park will be similar, but include different features in each park.
In Roychester Park, the Army Corps of Engineers and it's contractor will:
In Grove Park, the Army Corps of Engineers and it's contractor will:
Generally speaking, construction will involve the use of excavators, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment. Materials, including rip rap, pre-fabricated foot-bridges, and sewer pipeline will be trucked to the site. Excess soil and stones will be removed from the site. Access will be fenced off for safety purposes. Construction is expected to take a total of one year for both parks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing the Invitation for Bid for the construction contract. Once a contract is awarded, USACE then works with the selected contractor on a schedule and other details associated with construction.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the overall project. A contractor (yet to be determined) will be responsible for physical construction. Abington Township is the non-federal sponsor for the project. Construction is cost shared between the federal government (65%) and the Township (35%).
Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates construction may start in Fall of 2023 and end in Fall of 2024.
USACE Philadelphia District is managing the project. Questions can be sent via email