Sidewalk replacement project on schedule
JENKINTOWN » As Jenkintown’s Concrete Infrastructure Program reaches a fifth birthday this year, borough council took time to review its progress at its July 25 meeting.
The project’s end-game is improved walkability throughout the borough, including curb ramps and other accessible features. At present, more than 70,000 linear feet have been repaved, footage which includes 62 percent of borough-owned roads and more than 70 percent of state roads.
“The project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by 2023,” Borough Manager George Locke said.
Officials said the paving project was introduced in 2013 to address non-compliant sidewalks lining borough-owned streets and state roads. A $500,000 investment thus far, Locke added, the large majority of costs have been paid for through grant funding.
Six hundred forty-one properties have been brought up to PennDOT compliance during the process, officials said.
“I was relatively new on council when we decided to prioritize this project,” council member Kieran Farrell said. “Seventy thousand linear feet is fantastic. We can say that we’ve done a good job. I want to thank the council staff for all the work they’ve done.”
In other matters, council approved a motion to officially adopt the Jenkintown 2035 Comprehensive Plan, a long-range planning process for the borough’s growth and development.
The plan includes its own steering committee, which will look to outline goals, strengths and desired areas for improvement.
“It’s been a broadly supported endeavor throughout the town,” council Vice President Rick Bunker said. “People are in-the-know through our numerous planning and council meetings. We’ve discussed it at great length.”
“I think it lays out a strong vision for the future of the borough,” Marley Bice, principal planner for the Montgomery County Planning Commission, said. “I look forward to working with the borough to implement the strategies we’ve laid out.
“We’ve been able to engage with more than a thousand residents and examine public feedback,” she said.