PERKASIE, Pa. - The Perkasie Borough Council approved an updated road construction plan that anticipates spending nearly a half-million dollars in restorations following this severe winter season in Bucks County.
The $473,000 worth of construction unanimously approved at Monday's council meeting will enable the borough's engineers to restore the heavily damaged Seventh Street, along with more minor repairs to Vine Street and portions of Tenth Street, Ninth Street and Poplar Street.
"Seventh Street has deteriorated considerably faster than we'd previously anticipated" said Director of Public Works Daniel Gilbert. "We had anticipated doing this in three years, but [that plan] is gone."
Gilbert stressed the importance of repairing Seventh Street which he identified as a "high traffic road."
"Seventh Street is a heavily trafficked road [near] two schools," he said. "We're looking to have the bid package together and out for advertisement the week of April 21st."
The timing of the proceedings will allow construction to begin after the last day of school around July 1st, thereby avoiding peak traffic season.
"Historically this is how we've planned [it]," Gilbert said.
The updated plan will replace 1,000 square feet of continuous road space, with another 1,100 planned for coming years.
In an attempt to efficiently use materials, the restoration efforts will focus on the middle twenty feet of pavement across Seventh Street by repairing it with 12 inches of modified type-three standard materials.
"The main section of work will be the 20 feet in center," said Gilbert.
The changes were made possible by a malleable 2014 roads plan.
"It's a very fluid, very flexible plan," said Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum. "[The winter] has changed our anticipated road works schedule."
Council contemplates train station's fate
Borough Council is contemplating whether to privatize or utilize its Seventh Street train station for public means.
"We were hoping to just chill for a little while and wait for something to happen," said Council President James Ryder. "Looks like we won't be able to wait much longer."
According to council members, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is exerting pressure on the borough to decide the fate of the local train station, which has previously been leased out to numerous businesses.
"SEPTA is looking to push the issue a little bit," he said. "We're going to have to discuss it."
Borough officials revealed that the property had been valued at around $900,000.
Council Vice President James Purcell showed support for the proposed plan to convert the train station into a Perkasie-owned communal facility.
"I think it would make a great community center," he said. "That's just my opinion. The council is going to have to make a decision whether to rent it out to a business."
One way or another, the borough will ultimately have to come to a decision on the matter.
"We could not act, we could do nothing. SEPTA is going to act," said Purcell. "It's coming either way."
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