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Lehighton to begin bypass repairs

Lehighton Borough Council is accepting bids to make repairs to Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

Borough engineer Bruce Steigerwalt said the proposed repairs are located in various locations on the south end of the bypass.

The scope of work will include concrete pavement patching, sidewalk replacement, storm inlet repairs/replacements and patches.

It’s estimated the project will cost $100,722, however the borough won’t know for sure until the project is bid.

Additionally, Steigerwalt said there would be a $10,000 cost for flaggers (about $2,000 per day).

One lane would be closed at a time while the project is underway.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the project would be funded through liquid fuels.

In October, council agreed to apply for additional funding to complete a project that would significantly alter Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

At that time, council approved a resolution requesting a Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal Fund Grant.

The grant is in the amount of $573,245, and would be utilized to create safe pedestrian connections and calm motorist traffic along the Waterfront.

The project would construct a pedestrian walkway along the west side of Lehigh Drive; eliminate the full-length turn lane along the 0.6-mile stretch of the bypass; install three pedestrian crossing areas that would be outfitted with pedestrian push-button activated rapid flashing signals.

Additionally, all three crosswalks, along with the gateway area onto Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, would be enhanced with landscaped curb extensions to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety.

The project would encourage and promote bike and pedestrian traffic from the Waterfront and Lehigh Drive, to cross Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

Council agreed last year to apply for additional funding to complete the project when it applied for both PennDOT Multimodal funding and Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal funding per the recommendation of borough manager Beckett.

At that point the borough had received a $230,000 award of the Local Share Grant for the project.

The total project estimate then was over $850,000, which includes a pedestrian walking path along Lehigh Drive, ADA improvements, pedestrian beacon lights, two additional crosswalks, stormwater improvements and concrete bump outs in the left lane in order to create a designated turning lane for each driveway or street.

That project stems from a waterfront traffic study that was completed last year at the recommendation of council for the existing conditions, and to prepare for future growth.

Lehighton Borough Council on Monday agreed to bid out a project to make repairs to Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO