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Two Upper Hanover Bridges Scheduled to Reopen Soon
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

            The Hendricks Road and Fennel Road bridges in Upper Hanover will be ready for traffic again in early September, supervisor Ben Fiorito announced at the township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, August 13.

            The Hendricks Road span was a casualty of the July 11 flooding. The supervisors awarded the contract for the concrete work to Mar-Allen of Ephrata, Lancaster County. As soon as the concrete is completed the overlay will be done.

            "We know it's important to the school district," Vice Chairman Rich Fain stated.

            The Fennel Road bridge is part of the township's ongoing bridge replacement program, and is scheduled to be completed by September 3.

            In municipal authority news, Fiorito reported that the authority "is in a good financial position" with no debt and over $3 million in funds, but that the water main to be installed along Gravel Pike will cost a total of $4 million. He further reported that on the sewer side, the authority has $2.5 million in funds but $1.7 million in debt that is scheduled to be paid by 2026. The pending project for the interceptor will cost $2 million.

            Fiorito also reported that the new water main at 3rd and Washington streets in Pennsburg is working fine, but that the road restoration will need to be completed after UMJA completes its inflow and infiltration testing.

            In storm water management news, supervisor Steve Rothenberger suggested that the township contact Aqua Pennsylvania regarding restoration for streams polluted by phosphorus from the reservoir. As part of the township's MS4 program, the phosphorus in township streams must be reduced, and the pollutants coming from the reservoir make up nearly half the amount. Other township streams are rated high quality.

            In parks news, the committee heard from the Trout Unlimited representative regarding the Hosensack Creek restoration. The start of the restoration will be delayed for a bog turtle report. Instead, the group will do a preliminary study of the Perkiomen at Camelot Park.

            Additionally, a porta-potty at Macoby Park that was swept away in the flooding was recovered and returned to the provider.

            A gazebo has also been ordered for Macoby Park.

            In personnel news, township administrative assistant Donna L. Tino was recognized for 15 years of service to the township.  "Donna has been wonderful for the township," manager Stan Seitzinger stated.





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