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Perkasie allocates $544,000 for roads


Perkasie Borough Council voted 9-0 to spend over $544,000 on roads this year at a regular business meeting Monday night.

The money is part of the 2020 road program budget for annual maintenance and repairs to the network of thoroughfares for which Perkasie is responsible.

The vote allows borough officials to request vendor bids for the work.

Council President Jim Ryder said the plan would focus on borough roads with some of the worst condition ratings.

Roads slated for restoration in 2020 include: East Spruce Street from South Main to the cul-de-sac (dead end); Pleasant Run Place; Wyckford Drive from Branford Terrace to the borough line at Sellersville, and Wyckford Way.

Roads without additional description will be replaced for their entire length, said Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum.

Before bids are requested and work can begin, roadway core samples must be made and evaluated.

Depending upon weather conditions and a vote to accept construction bids, road work could begin in May or June.

Coaxum said requesting bids now should result in better pricing for milling and paving work to road surfaces.

While the actual road reconstruction work takes about two weeks, before it can begin borough officials must notify property owners about curbing and sidewalk repair or replacement.

Sidewalks and curbs are the responsibility of individual property owners, Coaxum explained. “We work with residents to make sure repairs are completed before the road work is done,” she said.

Pennsylvania has some of the worst roads, bridges and dams in the nation, according to a news report published last year in The Meadville Tribune, a Harrisburg area publication.

The nationwide report, which was first published by USA Today, stated about 7.4 percent of PA’s roads were in poor condition.

Perkasie officials are optimistic their 2020 road work plan will “make a dent in the roads [listed] for repair in the borough,” Coaxum said.

In May, 2019, council voted to spend $371,000 on road repairs to Seventh, Eighth and Buttonwood streets.

Road maintenance and repair is a recurring line item in Perkasie’s annual budget, and Coaxum said funds that are not spend are carried forward to the next year’s budget for road work.

“It is always good to invest in the infrastructure,” Coaxum said.