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Walker announces plans for 2018 road program

Walker Township has announced its intentions for its 2018 road program.

On a unanimous measure, the township’s board of supervisors on Thursday agreed to apply for and prepare the application for a $500,000 loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.

The loan would be for seven years, with a 2.125 percent interest rate. The total cost of the project is estimated at about $589,000, though final cost numbers won’t be learned until after the job is bid out, according to township secretary Ann Ostergaard.

Ostergaard said supervisors are planning to bid the jobs with several alternate plans. Once they get the bids, that’s when they will make their final decision of the cost and area which will be done.

The project would pave Valley Road, from Wildcat Road to the township line; Catawissa Road, from the township line to the steel grate bridge over Cold Run; and Wildcat Road, from Valley Road to Reynolds Road, and from Reynolds Road to the railroad tracks.

While plans are preliminary at this time, the time frame will depend on the loan process, bid process and the contractor.