Lake Afton pathway continues to be concern for council
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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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The pathway does stay in place.
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John Boyle, borough manager, emphasized that there has been record rainfall recently.
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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.
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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.