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Haycock catches up with delayed road projects


In a major step forward for its dirt and gravel roads treatment program, which has fallen behind primarily bnecause of lack of availability of the main component of the treatment, Haycock Township has now completed most of that work for Churchview Drive. The progress update was announced at the June 3 public board of supervisors meeting by roadmaster Dave Long.

The upgrade of stormwater drainage pipes under the road had been completed in 2017, and just recently the special Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA) stone mixture, which has to be tested and certified by the state, was laid down. Only a finishing touch of oil suppressant remains.

As a result, local waterways see much greater protection against silt runoff; motorists have a much smoother ride; and the township gets to cut down on the cost of stone and grading. The state program is funded through a grant application, and gets a boost from labor from township staff, who become certified for the task through a two-day training program, which must be repeated periodically.

The 2018 plan to finish the job, along with a section of Creamery Road, could not be fulfilled, as DSA supply problems mounted. There is also competition for DSA among local municipalities that have the few dirt and gravel roads that are left in the county. Long said he hoped that at least one of Creamery, Hickory Lane, and Kinsler Road could move forward next year, and the rest in 2021.

Long also noted that the standard paving of Apple Road, which is a state-maintained road, and the subject of many inquiries from residents unhappy with its condition, does not appear on PennDOT’s to-do list until 2021. But new paving for about a mile of Haycock Run Road, which is a township-maintained road, is on schedule for this year, thanks to the recent completion of storm water drainage pipe replacements. That paving project has been noted as one of the township’s “biggest projects ever,” with most usually stopping at less than half a mile.

Also at the June 3 meeting, township Secretary Treasurer, Chris Bauer was given approval to purchase a new salt storage structure. The new, larger shed is designed to help assure more timely salt availability during peak demand in the winter months.

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