$13M project set for Route 252, Spring­ton Reser­voir

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­san L. Serbin Times Cor­re­spon­dent

UP­PER PROV­I­DENCE >> Route

252 over the Spring­ton Reser­voir is slated for a ma­jor

#13 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, as well as im­prove­ments and an ex­pan­sion of the dam.

The an­nounce­ment from town­ship Vice Chair­man Kathy He­u­pler at coun­cil’s Jan­uary leg­isla­tive meet­ing, with word that pre­lim­i­nary work on the ma­jor project was set to be­gin. Bot­tom line? It will be a ma­jor project, and there will be dis­rup­tion of a ma­jor artery in the cen­ter of the county.

The joint project of Aqua Penn­syl­va­nia and Pen­nDOT will re­con­struct the road­way across Spring­ton Reser­voir, known as Route 252 and Palmers Mill Road, as well as ex­pand and im­prove the dam. An award was made by the prin­ci­pals to J. D. Eck­man of At­glen. Ac­cord­ing to Town­ship Man­ager Greg Le­bold, the plan, es­ti­mated at nearly $13 mil­lion, was first seen by town­ship of­fi­cials ap­prox­i­mately five years ago.

While project doc­u­ments cite the “pri­mary goal” to ad­dress ex­ist­ing de­fi­cien­cies, there is no in­di­ca­tion of un­safe con­di­tions. How­ever, im­prove­ment to the spill­way and as­so­ci­ated ex­pan­sion of the two-lane road­way are be­ing un­der­taken for cur­rent and fu­ture needs, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the par­ties in­volved. Le­bold said dur­ing a pre-con­struc­tion meet­ing the town­ship re­quested plans rel­e­vant to lo­cal needs, but has not yet re­ceived them.

Route 252 is heav­ily trav­eled with use by tens of thou­sands ve­hi­cles daily. He­u­pler in­di­cated the ini­tial phases of work will be ev­i­dent as clear­ing of veg­e­ta­tion is ex­pected to start im­mi­nently. In the next ma­jor phase, Pen­nDOT will build a tem­po­rary road­way par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing bridge across the reser­voir, which will then be re­con­structed. Aqua will take the lead on dam/reser­voir work. He­u­pler said the project is ex­pected to take no less than two to three years.

In an­other an­nounce­ment, Le­bold said a sur­vey has been mailed to res­i­dents to gather in­for­ma­tion to as­sist in com­plet­ing an up­dated com­pre­hen­sive plan. The pur­pose of that work is to es­tab­lish guide­lines for town­ship of­fi­cials and ad­min­is­tra­tion to con­sider with re­gard to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment and leg­is­la­tion.

Coun­cil held a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing three days prior to the leg­isla­tive meet­ing. No sub­stan­tive changes were made to ap­point­ments of per­son­nel, con­sul­tants or or­ga­ni­za­tional op­er­a­tions.

The board also passed the sec­ond and fi­nal read­ing of the tax levy of 4.16 mills which was an­nounced and ap­proved in De­cem­ber.

RICK KAUFF­MAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The walk­ing bridge to the pump sta­tion at Spring­ton Reser­voir dam in Up­per Prov­i­dence. The dam is ex­pected to un­dergo a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion.

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