Penn Township plans to open bids and estimates first payment for stormwater projects

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Penn Township will open bids for a project to address flooding in Harrison Park and along Dolly Avenue later this month.

The township had previously received a $2.2 million loan from PennVEST – the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority – to complete the project. This loan will mainly cover the installation of an improved drainage system and the replacement of the culvert at the bottom of Dolly Avenue.

At a board meeting last week, township engineer Dan Schmidt said bids for the construction companies behind the project would open on June 30. The township plans to close with PennVEST on September 1 and seek state approval to proceed with the project.

An additional $275,000 is provided by the Township for the widening and paving of Dolly Avenue.

After just three weeks of door-to-door canvassing, Schmidt said the township had secured approval for 17 residents to enter their properties during the expansion process. Seven residents have yet to respond.

The township also adjusted its payment estimate for Curry & Kepple Inc., the construction company involved in the ongoing Hyland Road-Chris Drive stormwater mitigation project.

PennVEST provided the township with a $1.5 million loan to deal with flooding on Hyland Road and Chris Drive, which will include replacing two culverts on Hyland. Construction of the culvert between Country Farm Lane and Sunnyfield Court began on May 23.

When installing new pipes at the bottom of Hyland, construction was interfering with the concrete cover utilities under the road. Schmidt said that increased the cost by $2,100. The first payment estimate is over $140,800.

The township will vote to approve the first payment at Wednesday’s meeting of commissioners.

Quincey Reese is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Quincey at 724-757-4910, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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