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PennDOT grant eyed for Buckingham Village trail


Continuing to move forward with its 2019 Master Trail and Bicycle Plan, Buckingham Township is seeking a $913,208 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to provide new, multi-use connections for the Buckingham Village part of the township.

The action was taken as approval of a resolution enabling pursuit of the grant by the board at the supervisors’ Oct. 25 meeting.

The funding from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund is to help “provide multi-use pedestrian facilities, to interconnect the intersections of Durham Road (Route 413) / York Road (Route 263), Durham Road / Route 202, Old York Road / Route 202, and Old York Road / Quarry Road, by installing multi-use paths and modifying existing signalized and non-signalized intersections to provide ADA (compliant) pedestrian crossing facilities.”

The new paths would allow for “connecting the recently constructed expansion of Holicong Park to Buckingham Elementary School, the Buckingham Township Building, multiple churches, and commercial shopping centers within Buckingham Village.”

The project would support the master plan’s objective of “improving mobility and quality of life for residents” of all ages.

In addition to creating new support for health and recreation, the hope is that the plan will spur economic benefits by improving connections with commercial areas.

While the plan “anticipated that many of the trails would be paid for by developers as part of the land development process, it is envisioned that any additional funding required will be obtained through federal and state grant programs.”

The complete plan is available on the township website, under the Parks & Recreation Department. tab.

Also at the Oct. 25 meeting, supervisors and staff entertained a passionate complaint from a resident about inaccurate, misleading and otherwise offensive political signs placed in the township, and what they might be able to do about it.

He was informed that the township had little, if any, ability to help, because of jurisdictional issues, such as with signs placed in rights-of-way, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions relating to protection of political speech.

Regarding stealing of signs, they noted some control through police enforcement, but limitations on resources available for that task. In conclusion, voting was deemed by all to be the best available remedy for dealing with the problem.

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