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Lower Towamensing sets summer road work plans

Published May 17. 2019 01:05PM

The Lower Towamensing Township supervisors discussed which streets would receive a chip and seal coat this summer.

Township engineer Greg Haas said the municipality has budgeted about $240,000 for the work. There is actually enough roadwork to cost the municipality more than $600,000, but he recommended projects that would come in at $216,100 to complete.

The streets and estimated costs include:

• LaMontage Drive from its intersection with Drift Road and Summer Mountain Road to the township line. The project involves five sections of full depth reconstruction at an estimated cost of $36,600.

• Spruce Road from Hahns Dairy Road to the entrance of Little Gap Estates. The single seal coat for the entire length of the street could cost $13,600.

• Summer Mountain Road from the intersection with Spruce Hollow road to the intersection with Drift Road and LaMontage Drive. The work includes leveling and wearing course overlays at a cost of $62,700.

• Summer Mountain Road from its intersection with Drift road and LaMontage Drive to the township line. The work involves a single seal coat on the entire length at a cost of $12,800.

• Maple Drive from the intersection with Fireline Road to intersection with Dairy Road. This work would also involve a single layer coat for the full length and one section of full depth reconstruction. The cost is $15,200.

• Wintergreen Road from the intersection with Kenneth Lane to the township line for a single seal coat at a cost of $8,500.

• Boulder Oak Drive with the intersection of Stoney Ridge Road to the intersection with Springhouse Lane. The work includes leveling and wearing course overlays at a cost of $50,500.

• And Golf Road at the northern intersection with Fireline Road for one section of full depth reconstruction at a cost of $16,200.

Supervisor Ron Walbert said that they wish they could do more than chip and seal, but blacktop is expensive.

Chairman Brent Green told the public at the meeting that the township gets $151,000 from the state’s Liquid Fuels fund through the gas tax, but it’s not nearly enough to cover blacktop.

Walbert recommended they accept Haas’ road project proposal.

“I’m fine with Greg’s numbers,” he said. “It’s under budget.”

The supervisors also approved to advertise a Street Excavation Ordinance identical to the one used by Towamensing Township, said Lower Towamensing Township solicitor James Nanovic.

The ordinance defines and regulates street excavation projects, sets requirements for permit applications, forms and fees, and authorizes the township to do work, as well as sets the rules for collecting costs and prescribing penalties.

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