Berks

Spring defers bidding out 2018 work on township's roads

Supervisor concerned about utility cuts

SPRING TWP., Pa. - The Spring Township supervisors deferred a motion Monday night to approve bidding out the township's 2018 roadwork.

Township manager Jay Vaughan provided the board with a list of roads needing repair, constrained by a $1.5 million budget, but several board members raised concerns.

Vaughan said the Pavement Condition Index was used to determine which roads would require work this year and said the engineering department estimates the cost at just more than $1.5 million.

Roads needing repair include Fairview Avenue, from Riegel Avenue to Woodside Avenue; Lincoln Avenue; and a section of Grandview Boulevard.

Board member Robert Myer said he's frustrated with utility patchwork and feels the utility companies have done a poor job of patching the roads where underground repairs were needed. He cited Snyder Road as an example.

"We just paved that in September, and there's a utility cut already that we have to bounce our car off," he said.

Vaughan said an emergency repair was needed this winter and hot blacktop can't be applied in winter, so roads aren't repaired properly.

"When the water main breaks, they have to dig the street up. They have to get to it to repair it," Vaughan said.

Board member James Oswald recommended the board defer the motion for further review.

The roadwork issues will be further reviewed by the infrastructure committee.

Other business

The township awarded a contract to DataProse LLC., a Texas-based company, to design, print, and mail the township's utility bills. The firm will use new software to deliver the bills at $0.095 cents per bill mailed to residents.


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