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N. Catty discusses street work plans

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Representatives from UGI met with officials from North Catasauqua, Catasauqua and Northampton to go over the energy company’s long-term infrastructure improvement program during North Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Jan. 15.

Mayor William Molchany Jr., council President Peter Paone and public works Supervisor Al Steigerwalt attended the meeting as representatives from North Catasauqua.

The purpose of the meeting was to find out when and where UGI was intending to do roadwork over the next five years so the boroughs could schedule paving and road improvement projects.

“We talked about doing a couple roads this year, and, in theory, it does not make sense for us to do any work on roads if they are just going to get torn up within the next five years,” Paone said.

The borough was planning on repaving Eighth Street this year, but Eighth Street is on UGI’s list for work in 2019. Other roads in North Catasauqua that UGI is planning on tearing up in 2019 include Arch Street, Front Street and Howertown Road.

UGI is not planning any major projects within North Catasauqua in 2018 but stressed its plans were tentative and subject to change.

One potential reason for change comes from Northampton, which received state and federal grant money to do roadwork this year. The roads the borough received grant money to fix are scheduled to be torn up by UGI in 2020 and 2021.

Another potential obstacle is the pending development of the Willow Brook property.

“Depending on the pace and schedule of Willow Brook, if they need to put in a new line going into Willow Brook, they may address Howertown Road at the same time, rather than putting in new lines next to old lines and then tearing those up,” Paone said.