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Upper Saucon road construction project behind schedule but progressing

Published On: Aug 26 2013 08:47:03 PM EDT

Upper Saucon Township's Board of Supervisors learned that the Afton Village roadway construction work is progressing well, if not behind schedule during Monday night's meeting.

The concrete replacement, drainage improvements and paving project, which commenced last month, has been "going well" according to Dennis Harman, township engineer, although rain had curtailed some of the work, thus placing the entire project behind schedule.

"This project makes me nervous as it is so late in the (construction) season," noted Stephen Wagner, board chairman. The construction, he went on to add, was in his estimation "very badly needed that's for sure."


The discussion of the issue arose after the legislative body voted to authorize a $46,898 payment to Recon Construction Services for work completed on the endeavor.

The residential development, which totals about 180 single-family homes, is positioned south of the Hopewell Elementary School.

Harman noted an absence of "citizen complaints" to this point, although the longer the construction takes and is behind schedule, that relative calmness among the citizenry might evaporate like the remaining few weeks of summer, Wagner suggested.

In other business, the supervisors appointed James Reilly to the township's municipal and sewage treatment authority through Dec. 31, 2014 to fill the term of Bruce Carstensen, whose resignation the board had accepted moments earlier.

Speaking of Reilly, Wagner indicated that he would be "an asset to the treatment authority."

And in other news, the supervisors agreed to adopt an ordinance to refinance general obligation notes in the amount of $3,542,000 for the purpose of carrying out the funding of certain township improvements.