LOWER MAKEFIELD >> The board of supervisors on Wednesday night, March 20 announced its intentions to award a nearly $800,000 bid to James D. Morrissey Inc. for the township’s 2019 road program.
This year’s program is targeting five roads for improvements, including Quarry Road from the I-95 overpass to Lindenhurst Road; Creamery Road from Yardley-Newtown Road to Doe Trail Lane; Plowshare Drive; Gingko Lane; and Black Rock Road from Ardsley Road to the river.
According to engineer Andrew Pockl, the township received five bids for the work with Morrissey submitting the low bid at $766,240.05 for the base bid and alternate three. The high bid came in at $1.1 million.
The work, which could get underway as early as late May, will include a total road reclamation project on Quarry Road; milling, paving and drainage improvements on Creamery, including installation of a drainage swale and an under drain; and milling and paving on Plowshare, Gingko and Black Rock Road.
Reflective signals embedded in the pavement are also slated to be installed as part of the project on Black Rock, Creamery and Quarry Roads.
“I’d like to acknowledge the work we did regarding how much we had budgeted, the estimate Andy put out for the roads and what our expectations were,” township manager Kurt Ferguson told the supervisors. “We budgeted $765,000 out of our liquid fuels fund. The bid came in at $766,000. It’s fantastic work and the way I want to manage our projects and our money. So I appreciate Andy’s work on that.”
Morrissey was also the low bidder on the township’s 2018 road program, which included more than a million dollars worth of improvements.
In other news, Ferguson reported that renovation work continues at the township pool with a targeted completion date of before the May 25 opening day.
Workers are removing the existing concrete gutter around the perimeter of the main pool and replacing it with a stainless steel gutter and also completing concrete repairs within the pool itself and addressing and constructing new expansion joints within the pool. The work also includes
replacing the pool water supply and drainage piping from the pool to the surge tank.
“We’ve had good weather, which is great,” said Ferguson, allowing the contractor to get the work done in a more timely manner.
“It’s been interesting. As they are working you can see where water has been leaking in, which is the point of the project,” said the township manager. “Not only do we think this is going to help preserve the pool we also believe it will lower the water bill. We believe we’re losing a half a foot a year in a 450,000 gallon pool that we are constantly refilling.”
Ferguson also announced that the administration will be recommending the addition of sensor-driven crosswalks at Roelofs Road and at the Community Center as part of a multi-use trail project that will interconnect the community center and the ballfields on Oxford Valley Road with the township building, pool and library on Edgewood Road.
“I think we all recognize that people are going to use the trail and that means more kids,” said Ferguson. “And kids sometimes are in a hurry. The idea is that if a kid runs into that crosswalk a driver will be alerted because the lights will go off as soon as they enter it,” said Ferguson.
The recommendation came out of a meeting on the trail project attended by the township manager, the traffic engineer, representatives from the police department and the directors of public works and zoning and planning.
“The idea here is that we have six or eight people around the table who are dealing with at all aspects of it not only the recreation and quality of life component, but the safety component,” said Ferguson. “And we’ll manage those costs and be able to budget for them appropriately.”
Under his manager’s report, Ferguson recommended using the savings from its snow removal budget for targeted overtime work by its public works department for road repairs.
According to Ferguson, the township spent $77,000 of its $329,000 snow removal budget.
“The plan is to have our public works department begin evaluating our roads and where we would look at hot patching, crack sealing, inlet repair and coming up with a plan for the rest of the year to get roads done,” said Ferguson.
The township manager said he hopes to have a plan ready for presentation to the board of supervisors in April.
Looking ahead, Ferguson announced that the township’s recycling yard will be open two days this spring from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and May 11, three days this summer from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10, July 8 and August 12 and two days this fall Saturday, September 21 and October 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And mark your calendar for a public eWaste Recycling Event on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the William Penn Middle School on Derbyshire Road.
The collection event will be accepting all electronic items including cell phones, personal computers, laptops, printers, wires, video games, TVs and much more.
E-Waste Experts will not be accepting items containing freon (i.e. refrigerators and AC units), non-rechargeable batteries, and smoke detectors. There will be a $30 charge (cash only) per item for TVs and monitors. LCD/LED are exempt.
The event is sponsored by the EAC of Lower Makefield, Yardley Borough, Newtown Borough and Upper Makefield Township, along with E-Waste Experts, Inc.