Res­i­dents urge town­ship to re­pair Detwiler Road

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

UP­PER POTTS­GROVE » Res­i­dents of Detwiler Road are get­ting tired of wait­ing for the town­ship to re­pair their crum­bling thor­ough­fare.

A hand­ful of res­i­dents of the sparsely pop­u­lated road showed up at Aug. 20’s com­mis­sioner’s meet­ing to vent their frus­tra­tion.

“I don’t know what else the res­i­dents of Detwiler Road have to do,” said John McMa­hon, who re­minded the board he be­gan warn­ing them about prob­lems on the road last year.

“I said then if the road was not re­paired, ma­jor con­struc­tion would be needed. The road has not had a ma­jor re­pair in 36 years,” he said.

And the re­cent hard rains have not done any­thing to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, McMa­hon said.

“Two school buses can’t pass each other any more the road has be­come so nar­row,” said Den­nis Kazin­ski. “So they drive on the

lawns and leave ruts in our lawns.”

Pub­lic Works Direc­tor Justin Bean said the crew had been try­ing to get there but the re­cent rains “have washed en­tire roads away” and they take pri­or­ity.

“When I drove to the town­ship build­ing to com­plain, what do I see but a town­ship truck and crew at (Alt­house Ar­bore­tum) “mess­ing with mulch rather than fix­ing a safety is­sue,” McMa­hon said.

What re­pairs have been made were wasted, said res­i­dent Char­lie Al­bright.

The patches that were put down are al­ready be­gin­ning to de­te­ri­o­rate be­cause they were not paved over, said Al­bright, who said he built roads for a liv­ing be­fore re­tir­ing.

“Drive­ways have been washed away and the stone the town­ship put in to the ditch was just washed down the road into my yard,” he said.

Town­ship Man­ager Carol Lewis said work on the road is es­ti­mated at $300,000 and the town­ship has ap­plied for a grant to pay for a good por­tion of re-build­ing the road.

“There is a plan to deal with the stormwa­ter is­sues

there,” said Lewis, adding that the re-paving would oc­cur next spring.

“I can’t wait two months,” said an uniden­ti­fied Detwiler Road res­i­dent. “Stones are fly­ing off the road, some­thing needs to be done now.”

“The road needs to be re­paired now, not wait for

grants to come,” said McMa­hon.

Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­man Trace Slink­erd said he would come out to take a look at the sit­u­a­tion.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ero­sion on Detwiler Road, par­tic­u­larly at the top of the hill, is se­vere and has by­passed the storm gut­ter.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

In some places on Detwiler Road, the drainage is so poor that pools of water re­mained trapped in the wake of a storm the fol­low­ing day.

Res­i­dent Char­lie Al­bright, who built roads for a liv­ing be­fore, said the town­ship’s fail­ure to repave Detwiler Road af­ter this at­tempted re­pair means the re­pair is use­less and it is al­ready com­ing apart.

An­other par­tial re­pair by Up­per Potts­grove Town­ship on Detwiler Road.

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