Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
March 26, 2009
Riverbank along Riverside Avenue to Receive Badly-Needed Repair
HAVERHILL- Mayor James J. Fiorentini today announced that the City of Haverhill has been awarded a $386,000 grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) to restore the banks of the Merrimack River near Riverside Avenue that were washed away and eroded during the infamous May 2006 floods.
The grant, along with the City Wastewater Department’s matching share, represents a half-million dollar effort to stabilize Riverside Avenue and the Merrimack River bank behind Haverhill Stadium.
Many of the neighbors have been worried about the possibility of further erosion and roadway and property damage for 3 years.
The work will last an entire construction season and will replace with soil and natural fill material the riverbank below a section of Riverside Avenue.
The Mayor credited Deputy Public Works Director and Water/Wastewater Department Head Robert Ward with the application for these funds.
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