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Bowmanstown discusses Lime Street project

Published January 12. 2019 07:24AM

Plans continue to progress for the Lime Street extension project in Bowmanstown.

Borough engineer Jessica Rehrig had a list of waivers Tuesday night that she was hoping council would grant in order to get the project ready for bid.

The first waiver involved lowering the speed for that section.

“I recommend 25 miles per hour between Spring and Green due to the geometry of the roadway,” she said.

Rehrig told council that minor roadways usually have a speed limit of 35 mph, but it should be lower for this stretch.

This brought her to the next waiver request, which is also a big reason she wanted the lower speed limit.

Rehrig requested that the steepness of the roadway be granted at 12.1 percent grade. The maximum allowance in the borough is 12 percent, but the slightly steeper grade is needed because of the “mountainous terrain to get up the hill,” she said.

Rehrig also sought a waiver for the degree of the horizontal curve near the intersection of Lime and Spring streets. She said that at a speed of 25 mph, the minimum radius at that grade of roadway is 150 degrees, but they need a minimum of 120 degrees.

A stop sign will be placed at the bottom of the hill at Spring and Lime streets, she said.

All of the waivers were granted. They also approved requesting an extension on the project from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the project, which is set to expire in June.

The council discussed adding a streetlight at the corner of Spring and Lime streets.

Councilman William Ravert said that he thinks if there is an intersection within 160 feet of an existing electrical pole, that PPL will put a light on it.

In other business, the borough discussed the renovation of a meeting room in the upstairs of the municipal building. Old carpet has been removed, now the floor needs to be resurfaced and old paint, which could contain lead, needs to be removed. The plan is to keep the wood floors exposed and put down some area rugs.

Council President Kara Scott said the upstairs would be blocked off from the downstairs, and the work could be done over a weekend.

“I want it in writing for the council to vote on at the next meeting, so the employees can make their determination if they want to be here when they are doing the work,” Councilman Rob Moyer said.

“If we want to rent this out, we need to do something,” she said.

The council also discussed allowing the borough office to pursue a Keystone Historical Grant that provides a 50/50 match. The funds would be used to repoint the borough building.

The cost to do the entire building at one time would be about $100,000. Scott proposed doing one side at a time at a cost of about $20,000 each. With the help of the grant, the costs would be more manageable for the borough.

Scott suggested that the front of the building be the first side to be repointed. The council approved allowing the office to pursue the grant.

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