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Closing of Kromer Road Bridge brings big impact to Plainfield Twp.

By Lou Gombocz, Jr., WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 14 2013 06:59:11 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 02:08:37 PM CST
PLAINIFIELD TWP., Pa. -

The Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors voiced deep concerns and regrets during its monthly meeting Wednesday night over the upcoming closing of the Kromer Road Bridge by PennDOT.

The concrete reinforced bridge - which spans Route 33 in the western part of the township - was heat-damaged several years ago by the flames of a burning mobile home parked underneath it during a fire. and currently is a single lane only structure with a reduced weight limit, according to Supervisor William Schmauder,

Township firefighter Robert Rutt strongly emphasized how the bridge closing would create noticeable vehicle travel delays and rerouting inconveniences in the area.

He specifically cited an example of a potentially disastrous scenario: Should township firefighters be called to the nearby Colonial Intermediate Unit Elementary School to tend to a fire, their travel time and distance would nearly quadruple without access to the Kromer Bridge.

Schmauder emphatically agreed with Rutt as did all the supervisors; however, since the bridge is state property, the board felt somewhat limited in its recourse options.

However, it said it would be willing to contact PennDOT in writing and strongly urge state officials to repair the bridge, thus allowing it to remain open. and restored to its two-lane status.

Supervisor Jane Mellert said PennDOT needs to repair the bridge and realize the significant importance of investing in the township's infrastructure.

In other business, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli presented a check in the amount of $3,225.00 to the township police department for funds requested by Police Chief Dean Ceraul from Northampton County's Drug Task Force Drug Forfeiture Fund.

The money will be used to purchase four laptop computers for police use in addition to a rifle and gun carrier for the department.

Morganelli and Drug Task Force Officer Scott Zabriskie, who accepted the check on behalf of the department, said the money came from an undercover February drug bust in the township of a crystal meth lab. Officers seized $34,000 cash during the raid.

Morganelli added the Drug Task Force works with over 30 police departments located in Northampton County municipalities.