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Bethlehem Township begins Monacacy spillway repairs

By Tom Coombe, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 17 2014 08:28:48 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 06:18:23 AM CDT
Bethlehem Commisioners
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Township commissioners are taking the first steps toward some long-awaited repairs to the Monacacy spillway.

The board voted Monday night to authorize T&M Associates to begin engineering work on the spillway repair project. The spillway runs underground from Northampton Community College to Route 191.

The project -- estimated to cost roughly $300,000 -- is being paid for by state grant money, said Commissioner Thomas Nolan.

It will involve cleaning up the broken spillway, and adding a retention pond. Nolan said the township won't know how long the project will take until after the engineering work is complete.

"You can't just dig a hole and hope it works," he said.

Also Monday, the commissioners voted to make a number of purchases, including three new police vehicles for $27,548 a piece.