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Park in Lower Macungie to receive additional parking

LOWER MACUNGIE, Pa. - The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners awarded a parking lot expansion project at Wild Cherry Park during Thursday night's meeting. The vote was 5-0.

The park, located at 4600 Wild Cherry Lane in Macungie, currently features a paved parking lot in the northeast corner of the premises with 20 spaces. That amount is inadequate according to previous board discussions. The expanded parking lot will feature 54 spaces.

The project was awarded to James R. Kenney Excavating & Paving in the amount of $351,180. The bid was the lowest of the seven the township received, with the highest bid coming in at $584,132. The work includes the construction of the new parking lot, driveway, landscaping and associated stormwater management improvements.

The park contains two baseball fields, two basketball courts, tennis courts, lacrosse fields and micro soccer fields in addition to a pavilion, playground and walking trail. The park was dedicated in 1991.

"This has to be the most satisfying vote I've made on this board in six years," said Commissioner Brian Higgins. "I'm thrilled we got to this point."

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The legislative body designated a pedestrian sidewalk improvement project at the intersection of South Krocks and Lower Macungie roads. The vote was unanimous.

Performing the work will be Professional Construction Contractors. The company will receive $92,340 for its efforts. The bid was the lowest of three the township received, with the highest registering at $198,430. All of the work will be performed during daytime hours, as the three bidders all rejected an option to do night work.

Finally, it was announced that a traffic study will be performed on Sauerkraut Road between Indian Creek and Macungie roads. Residents have previously said motorists are driving at a rate exceeding the speed limit in the area.

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