On September 18, 2018 the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a grant submitted by Pittston City for funding in the amount of $424,845 to improve the sewer system on Panama Street. For a number of years the city has been having problems with an aged underground culvert that transmits both sanitary and stormwater from structures on Panama Street. There have been multiple road subsidences and blockages as well as collapsing manholes and street drains. The grant funding will allow for the installation of new separate underground pipes for stormwater and sanitary sewerage as well as new manholes and street drains. Additionally, the Pittston City Office of Community Development will be using Community Development grant funds to install new sidewalks, curbs and repave the road when the underground pipe work is completed. Construction work is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019.