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Timeline of Pennsburg Bridge Removal Uncertain
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-06-15

            Less than two months before the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is scheduled to award the contract to replace a bridge on Route 29 in Pennsburg, borough officials have far more questions than answers about the project.

            A teleconference with PennDOT officials last week left council President Diane Stevens concerned about when the project will commence and its impact on her community.  "We need to know what is going to happen," she said after Tuesday's regular meeting.

            During the public meeting, Stevens informed the audience that PennDOT officials previously told representatives from three municipalities, the Upper Perkiomen School District, and local first responders that the project to rebuild the road near the intersection with 10th Street could be delayed.

            According to the council president, representatives from the state agency said,  during a June 9 teleconference, that they "had to review a few things," but did not provide any specifics. Stevens said the PennDOT representatives provided no additional details regarding an updated timeline during the 25-minute meeting, which also included officials from Red Hill and Upper Hanover.

            Last month, Nathan Parrish, a project manager with the agency, informed municipal officials that work to remove a deteriorating bridge could commence in December or January 2023. Parrish said that the contract for the work would be awarded Aug. 11 and could take seven to eight months to complete. Main Street would be closed between 10th and 11th streets.

            During the most recent meeting, school board Member Melanie Cunningham and Jen Malone, the district's director of transportation, asked for the installation of temporary traffic lights at 8th and Montgomery Avenue and 11th Street and Montgomery Avenue, according to Stevens. She said they described the potential level of traffic created by the work on Montgomery Avenue as unbearable for the district.

            According to the council president, the participants on the call discussed the possibility of installing speed bumps on roads around Route 29 to slow traffic. She said they did not discuss the quantity of speed bumps that would be made available to the borough or which roads would be utilized.

            During the public meeting, Stevens said the municipal officials have identified Lake Lane, Lakeview Terrace, 11th Street and Montgomery Avenue as potential locations for installations.

            The speed bumps would create issues with plowing snow, according to Mayor Charles Shagg. After the meeting, the council president said police Chief Joe Adam has been directed to confer with PennDOT's Local Technical Assistance Program for proper installation. 

            According to Stevens, council met in executive session on Sunday, June 12. She said they discussed personnel issues and its litigation with East Greenville.

            In other news, council voted to affirm a motion approving an updated document with QNB for an interim loan related to its loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The document includes an Aug. 1 expiration date and an interest rate to be determined, according to the meeting agenda.

            The members met similarly following Tuesday's public gathering to discuss issues or personnel and litigation related to the Deerfield development and a police lawsuit between the borough and East Greenville, according to information posted on its meeting agenda. No successive actions were taken by the board according to Stevens.


 

 

 

 

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