BUSHKILL TWP., Pa. -

The Bushkill Township Board of Supervisors Thursday night approved for contract two bids totaling $168,306 from area paving contractors to repair five township roads which suffered damage due to last winter's harsh weather.

Township Manager Brian Harris reported Bushkill received bids from a total of seven contractors for this year's road paving project.

Bracalente Construction, Inc. of Northampton submitted the low bid of $133,518 for topcoat road paving for Johnson Road, Round Table Drive, Arthurs Court, and Schoeneck Avenue in the township.

Asphalt Maintenance Solutions of Emmaus offered a low bid of $34,788 for "oil and chip" paving to repair Gower and Knauss Roads, said Harris, and as a result will be awarded the contract.

Harris noted the road repairs will be paid for with funds allocated for township road projects collected from Pennsylvania's liquid fuels tax.

In other business, the supervisors approved spending $9,600 to finalize a site plan for a new township nature park to be built on the former 90-acre Ballas family land parcel located in the northeastern area of the township.

According to Harris, Bushkill has already been reimbursed $19,000 from the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for the new park.

The board also approved $4,000 for a tree revitalization project at the new park.  The DCNR will reimburse the township $2,000 for this project.