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Durham’s Dogwood Lane repairs delayed til spring 2020


Durham residents who use Dogwood Lane in their daily pursuits will have to make do with a temporary fix until spring, the Durham Township supervisors announced at the October meeting.

The rural roadway suffered severe damage after heavy rainstorms in August 2017 and the township road crew has faced a number of roadblocks in permitting and materials as workers sought to repair it. Bad weather and working out coordination issues with other agencies have been problematic.

The supervisors have been waiting for months for the results of an environmental study, and have finally received notice from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that no wetlands exist within 300 feet of the work.

Since there are no wetlands, an environment perfect for bog turtles, that means no bog turtles would be harmed by the restoration work, and the township will not have to order a bog turtle study which would further delay restoration.

The Fish and Wildlife notice, however, came too late in the year to allow enough time to complete the necessary work.

The supervisors said Peter Cox, township roadmaster, who was not present at the meeting, said he will stabilize the work area and get the road ready for safe passage during the winter and then complete the final restoration when weather improves in the spring.

In other business, the supervisors decided to support Bucks County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in National Prescription Opiate Litigation that would hold drug companies accountable for the opioid crisis that has taken the lives of so many in cities and communities across the country.