Ridge Road/North Olive Street Stormwater Improvement Project

Media Borough received $400,000 in funding last year from the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program of PennDOT and DVRPC to address the problematic flooding on Ridge Road and North Olive Street during bad storms.  

The project is currently in the planning stage.  Design plans will be developed over the next year.  Construction is anticipated to begin in late Fall of 2020.

The project focuses on infiltrative stormwater management, but will also require improvements to our current pipe system.  As currently planned, it includes 3 components:

  1. A stormwater infiltration system and a bioretention basin (rain garden) in a small undeveloped lot owned by the Borough adjacent to North Providence Road (SR 252).  These BMP systems will capture stormwater flowing down North Providence Road that currently enters the Borough at Ridge Road.
  2. Infiltrative tree pits along the west side of North Olive Street with inlets to capture both street and sidewalk runoff coming down North Olive from Ridge Road.
  3. Rain Garden Bump Outs—vegetated bioretention curb extensions that protrude into the street.  The bump outs will provide a double benefit: they will capture stormwater surging down Ridge Road and North Olive Street and act as a traffic-calming feature on a stretch of road notorious as a cut-through. 

We will provide updates on the project on the borough website as the project progresses.

The project is one of the recommendations of the borough’s 2017 Stormwater Master Plan.