Meriden panel OKs flood control project from Cooper Street to downtown

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission voted 4-0 earlier this month to approve Phase I of the Harbor Brook project that stretches from the Amtrak bridge to the Cooper Street bridge. The project entails creating wetlands, changing watercourses, two bridge replacements, associated channel work and excavation, and some utility work for displaced water and sewer lines. Elsa Loehmann, Fuss & O’Neill’s project engineer and lead designer, described the project as a “Flood Resiliency Project,” designed to reduce flooding and flood risk to the neighborhood with ecological restoration. The first phase will focus on the bridge replacements and utility improvements for Harbor Towers. All channel, floodplain, and trail work will be done during the second phase and the layout, grading, and drainage plans were displayed.

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