CLIFTON PARK – While it hasn’t happened in several years, the pond on Clifton Country Road, near the Hannaford, has flooded, spilling onto the roadway. That flooding ultimately prompted the Clifton Park Town Board to look into the stormwater management system in the Clifton Park Center Road area several years ago, said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.
That effort was scheduled to take a major step forward Tuesday, with the Town Board slated to vote to approve a more than $280,000 contract to build a system that will address the stormwater drainage issues and improve water quality in the area. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, according to the contract.
The board was scheduled to vote on a $280,369 contract with Gallo Construction Corporation, of Watervliet. The total project cost was listed at $305,129 in the contract’s resolution. The town is using a combination of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation funding granted in 2015, with American Rescue Plan Act funding making up the difference. The board was still sorting through the details at press time, meaning they may ultimately have to table the measure, Barrett said. The town has been working with DEC on the project since securing a grant in 2015, Barrett said.
“It took time to review options and ensure that the engineering and plans were meeting DEC’s expectations,” Barrett said.
Among other features, the project will install a hydrodynamic separator that will remove matter – be it sediment or pieces of trash – before it enters the pond. In addition, new culverts under Clifton Country Road will help assist with drainage during heavy rain events, Barrett said.
The stormwater corridor includes the pond and ultimately flows to the Stony Creek Reservoir, which is not an active drinking source.
“The main benefit and goal of the initiative is to improve the water quality related to the stormwater corridor in the Exit 9 area,” Barrett said.
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