Carteret receives $4.1M Department of Community Affairs grant to construct bio-retention facility on flood-prone Bergen Street

Storm water management system will be built on the site
of three apartment buildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy


CARTERET, NJ – The Borough is surrounded by two major rivers: the Arthur Kill and the Rahway River. While they make for wonderful waterfronts, the public access to and redevelopment of which continually increase in Carteret, flooding can be hazard.

To help mitigate that in one of the most vulnerable parts of the 5 mile-square Borough, the Department of Community Affairs has awarded Carteret a $4,107,675 Resilient Communities grant. The funds will pay for most of a $4.7 million bio-retention facility on flood-prone Bergen Street, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman announced.

“We’re very grateful to Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration for these funds to help manage storm water run-off and prevent flooding among the many multi-family and single-family residences near on and near Bergen Street,” Mayor Reiman said.

Bergen Street is located near the Borough’s southern connection with the Arthur Kill Tidal Strait. Storm water run-off there drains directly into the Arthur Kill via a drainage trench.

Due to the high volume of impervious services in the surrounding area and its proximity to the coastline, Bergen Street experiences flooding during heavy rain and major storms. To address this flooding, the bio-retention facility will be built on the former site of three apartment buildings.

“The structures were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy and would have required substantial improvements, including being raised, to avoid future flooding,” Mayor Reiman said.

The project will include the resurfacing of Bergen Street, addition of a storm bypass pipe,  construction of a detention basin and surrounding pedestrian pathway, plantings that will assist in retaining and cleaning storm water, and dry flood proofing of the existing Bergen Street sanitary sewer pump station.

The proposed bio-retention facility will catch, clean, and temporarily store storm water run-off from Bergen Street and the area around it, which will improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding. Once the storm water has drained through the subsoil, it will be directed into drainage pipes that lead into the Arthur Kill.

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