The asphalt road atop the levee crest is primarily used for maintenance access by Authority staff and emergency access during high water events on the Susquehanna River. The road was installed as a part of the Federally authorized Wyoming Valley Levee Raising Project (WVLRP), which occurred from the mid-1990’s to the early 2000’s, and raised the level of protection 3 to 5 feet. It is now 20+ years since segments of the WVLRP have been completed and turned over to the Authority.
Thermal movement over the past 20+ years has created numerous longitudinal and transverse cracks in the surface and has caused many of the United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) monuments to heave vertically. To enhance public safety and to maintain the structural integrity of the road for the next 20 years, the Authority is proposing to fill and repair the existing longitudinal and transverse cracks in the road surface, remove the existing USACE monuments and fill the resulting cavities, seal the road surface and attend to several roadside shoulder repairs. In place of the monuments, station location markings will be applied to the pavement surface at 100 feet intervals. The markings will consist of permanent, weather and traffic resistant paint, or an equivalent marking. These markings will be utilized during emergency high water events by levee patrol members to identify and report problem areas along the system.
The total construction administration and construction cost is $217,600. The Authority applied, for a 2017 Local Share Account grant and with sponsorship from Forty-Fort Borough, the LCFPA was awarded $100,000 to offset project costs.
What does “STA 275+00 KNG” mean?
The abbreviation “STA” means station. Each station is 100 feet, which is a unit of measurement throwback to the old 100 foot chains surveyors used to mark distances with. In surveying civil works projects, a line has a beginning point and an end point. Stations along the line would be laid out at 100 foot intervals and identified on the stakes as 0+00, 1+00, 2+00 etc. In this standard station notation, you show how many “stations” you have gone plus how many feet you have gone. So the above STA 275+00 means 275 stations plus 0 feet, or 27,500 feet. The abbreviation “KNG” means Kingston.
The various levee reaches are identified as follows:
Wilkes-Barre to Hanover Township Levee Reach
Wilkes-Barre = WB. Hanover = HAN. Identification markings start at STA 97+00 (near Riverside Drive, Wilkes-Barre) and continues downstream to STA 255+00 (Solomon Creek Pump Station, Hanover Township).
Plymouth Levee Reach
Plymouth = PLY. Identification markings start at STA 96+00 (near Beade Street) and continues downstream to STA 185+00 (near Flat Road).
Kingston to Edwardsville Levee Reach
Kingston = KNG. Edwardsville = EDW. Identification markings start at STA 273+00 (near Rutter Avenue, Kingston) and continues downstream to STA 444+00 (Woodward Pump Station, Edwardsville).
Forty Fort to Wyoming Levee Reach
Forty Fort = FF. Wyoming = WYG. Identification markers start at STA 107+00 (near River Street, Forty Fort) and continues upstream to STA 239+00 (near Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming).
The station identification markings installed on the road coincide with the stations shown on the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Operation & Maintenance Manual, plans or maps on the above referenced four (4) levee reaches. During periods of emergency high water along the Susquehanna River, when trained levee patrol volunteers are inspecting the system, the volunteers can reference the specific station and levee reach when reporting back to the Emergency Operations Center on possible problem areas. Mileage identification markings, installed at quarter-mile intervals, have been applied to the road surface for the benefit of recreational users of the levee reaches.
Levee Crest Maintenance Road Repairs