SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
The long-closed bridge on Fairview Road, a north-south connector street between Emmaus Avenue and East Susquehanna Street in eastern Salisbury Township, is expected to reopen this fall.
Salisbury Township Department of Public Works Director John Andreas told township officials in his July 25 meeting report the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun work on the Fairview bridge.
The contractor is J.D. Eckman, Atglen, Chester County, which completed the Linden Street Bridge, Allentown, replacement project.
The work is expected to be completed by Sept. 26, according to Andreas.
Andreas attended a PennDOT pre-construction meeting for the bridge June 22.
In other public works department matters, Andreas reported:
Improvements are to be made on South Mountain township roads, including Black River Road, Sour Apple Lane, East Rock Road, Mountain Top Lane, Werleys Lane, West Rock Road, Ironwood Lane, Douglas Road, Chestnut Hill Road, Stoneridge Road, Gulley Road and River Road.
Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc., was the apparent qualified lower bidder, among three bidders, at $189,810, for the application of approximately 27,700 linear feet of double bituminous slurry seal coat to the roads. The work also includes 220 tons of scratch-leveling and replacement of existing pavement marking.
The bid was awarded by a 4-0 vote, with one commissioner absent, at the July 11 township meeting.
PennDOT resurfacing of Susquehanna Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard is scheduled 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Water lines have been installed and were being tested along Emmaus Avenue.
An ultraviolet filtering system will be installed at the Franko Farm Park house water supply, which tested positive for coliform bacteria.
Mowing and maintenance continues at township parks.
Utilities locations are being marked.
Two new public works department employees may be hired, pending certain township-required clearances.
"It sounds like, with your workload, you can use the two new employees," Commissioner President James Brown said to Andreas.
Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci Jr. asked for a PennDOT traffic study for the busy Susquehanna Street, Emmaus Avenue, Broadway and Seidersville Road intersection at Gauff's Hill.
"I don't think you can see the yield sign there," Martucci said.
Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano said the sign could be replaced.
Concerning possible improvements to the intersection, Salisbury Township Consulting Engineer David J. Tettemer said, "It's a big project."