Cyclists, walkers and runners in Palmer Township will benefit from a new water line project approved by Township Supervisors during Tuesday night's meeting. The Easton Suburban Water Authority (ESWA) was granted to put new water lines in along the bike path from Hickory and Fairview streets to around Sheridan Drive, Easton. With the installation, the path will be widened from 8 ft. to 12 ft., creating more room for those using the path.
Construction of the path is set to begin in late March; he path will be closed during day construction 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for a week. "We want that path reopened for spring," said Chairman David E. Colver.
The ESWA will be able to put in water lines and can perform maintenance and any repairs once it has been constructed.
Easton Surburban will provide the materials for the project but the township must provide the labor to pave the path. While the estimated total feet of the project will be around 1250 ft. in total, Colver said the ultimate goal is to get all of the township paths be widened to 12 feet. Palmer Township will be speaking with Bethlehem officials to continue the widening of the path into Bethlehem Township, so the path can be fluid.
Other paths in Palmer have been destroyed due to tree damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Lehigh River Bike Path continues to be closed until further notice. Tom Adams, Public Services Director, has prepared all of the necessary documents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster relief funds and is awaiting one more proposal for tree clearing along the path. "We should be reimbursed with FEMA at least 75% of the costs," Adams told the Township Supervisors.
By spring, the paths are anticipated to be ready for use.