Lake Afton path­way con­tin­ues to be con­cern for coun­cil

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARD­LEY BOR­OUGH – Ac­cep­tance of Pen­nDOT’s $1.2-mil­lion Afton Av­enue Streetscape Pro­ject has been put on hold by bor­ough coun­cil.

A leader of the Yard­ley His­toric As­so­ci­a­tion (YHA) said her group is not happy with cer­tain as­pects of the $1.2-mil­lion Afton Av­enue Streetscape Pro­ject and she pressed bor­ough coun­cil for some ac­tion at the July 2 coun­cil meet­ing.

The YHA wants some­thing done about a path­way near the Old Li­brary by Lake Afton that was made of stone dust. When it rains, ½-inch deep foot­prints are caused and ero­sion is oc­cur­ring.

Plus, the dust is get­ting tracked into the his­toric li­brary. “We’re hav­ing grit all over the li­brary. It’s ruLnLnJ WhH flRRU,” sDLG CDURO Such, YHA pres­i­dent.

The path­way pre­vi­ously was made of maca­dam.

Drainage prob­lems per­sist on the path­way since the streetscape pro­ject was com­pleted in Oct. 2012, ac­cord­ing to the YHA.

Su­san Tay­lor, YHA past pres­i­dent, ad­dressed the board. She was ac­com­pa­nied by Such.

“It’s my un­der­stand­ing that it may be soon time for the bor­ough to sign off with WhH cRnWUDcWRU,” shH sDLG. “We would like to know if you in­tend to sign off with the con­trac­tor. If it’s the con­trac­tors fault why isn’t [the path­way] on the list for re­me­di­a­tion and if it isn’t in the con­trac­tor’s baili­wick, whose is it? And when is it JRLnJ WR EH fi[HG?”

Bor­ough coun­cil de­cided to con­sult with the pro­ject’s in­spec­tor on the mat­ter.

Joe Hunter, coun­cil pres­i­dent, promised that the is­sues will be ad­dressed be­fore coun­cil signs off on the pro­ject.

He said there re­ally is not any time limit on when the pro­ject will be con­sid­ered or not ac­cepted.

“We’re not un­der the gun to make a de­ci­sion on whether we will ac­cept it or nRW Dc­cHSW LW,” HunWHU sDLG of the streetscape pro­ject. “It doesn’t have to be done DW WhH nH[W PHHWLnJ.”

CRuncLOPHPEHU Ben­benek said there one-year war­ranty.

John Boyle, bor­ough man­ager, said, “As it stands right now, if some­thing hap­pens … [the con­trac­tor] Ls sWLOO UHsSRn­sLEOH.”

Hunter said, “We’re not happy. This isn’t right. It’s not drain­ing prop­erly. We need some ac­tion taken. We’ve got to get this straight­ened out be­cause it’s a mess. Some­body’s JRLnJ WR JHW huUW.”

Tay­lor said that be­fore WhH sWUHHWscDSH wDs fin­ished, the path­way on the south side of the li­brary be­tween the li­brary build- RRE is a ing and West Afton AvHnuH wDs SDYHG, flDW DnG it sloped a bit to­ward the road.

The path­way is now a ditch, she told coun­cil. “ThH GLWch hROGs wDWHU.”

In ad­di­tion, the YHA has dis­cov­ered that a con­crete area with trac­tion de­signs is now eroded away about 1/4-inch from that pad.

The pad is sit­u­ated be­tween the St. An­drew’s park­ing lot and the be­gin­ning of the stone dust path­way.

“It’s a bit of a trip­ping haz­ard now and it will be­come worse as the stone path­way con­tin­ues to HURGH,” TDyORU sDLG.

The path­way does stay in place.

“It con­tin­ues to make PRUH DnG PRUH SUREOHPs,” she said.

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Pres­i­dent Hunter as­sured TDyORU WhDW CRuncLOPDn Mike Rut­tle, chair­man of WhH CRPPunLWy DHYHORSPHnW CRPPLWWHH, wLOO JLYH a re­port on the streetscape SURMHcW DW WhH nH[W cRuncLO meet­ing July 16.

John Boyle, bor­ough man­ager, em­pha­sized that there has been record rain­fall re­cently.

He said the path­way mat­ter is not on the punch list IRU WhH cRnWUDcWRU WR fi[.

Tay­lor said, “That is a very un­for­tu­nate thing be­cause that path­way is not stand­ing the test of time. Ev­ery time it rains -- and it doesn’t have to be record rain­fall -- you have that stone dust erod­ing to a difIHUHnW SODcH.”

She said the path­way ma­te­rial, which she said is not the same ma­te­rial in the orig­i­nal plan, is sup­posed to be “sta­bi­lized and ERunG”.

Mayor Matt Sin­berg is con­cerned that the area is not drain­ing.

“It’s go­ing to be a real prob­lem when it freezes in WhH wLnWHU,” hH sDLG.

In the spring, the path­way was frozen in cer­tain ar­eas. “It’s very dan­gerRus,” WhH PDyRU sDLG.

Se­vere ero­sion has oc­curred be­tween the Old Li­brary by Lake Afton and the park­ing lot at St. An­drews Church in Yard­ley Bor­ough.

Large pud­dles form in the stone dust path­way, which was cre­ated as part of the Afton Av­enue Streetscape Pro­ject.

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