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Upper Makefield eyes road improvements


Officials in Upper Makefield are pressing forward with a plan to improve township roads in 2019.

On March 19, the board of supervisors authorized township staffers to advertise for bids from contractors interested in performing road paving in Upper Makefield this year.

It’s mandated that municipalities must solicit bids and publicly award such contracts, so advertising for the bids is an important step in ultimately getting the work done.

Paving is expected to focus on Barlow Bridge Road, Davis Drive, Field Stone Way, Timber Knoll, Avondale Drive, Woodside Lane, Old Dolington Road and Cooper Road.

The work is anticipated to include depth milling, base repair, leveling course, wearing course overlay, speed hump re-installation and tapered edge mill.

Township Engineer Larry Young said the bid package includes possible additional projects that the township could elect to proceed with if all the main work can be accomplished with funds left over. Those alternate projects include crosswalks at the intersection of Route 532 and Taylorsville Road.

Young said the township earmarked more than $600,000 in its 2019 budget for the road paving. An additional $155,000 in state liquid fuels funding rounds out the budget for the paving projects, he said.

In other news, supervisors appointed township resident Harry Barfoot to Upper Makefield’s Environmental Advisory Council. Barfoot is a 25-year resident of Upper Makefield, said Township Manager David Nyman.

The EAC is a seven-member council that focuses on environmental issues that directly and indirectly affect Upper Makefield.

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