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Race St. bridge work scheduled for March

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Despite plan to close span, contractor will replace one side at a time

Replacement of the long-delayed Race Street bridge has a new start date of March.

According to Catasauqua Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik, the span was originally scheduled for replacement in 2017 by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project was to start in the spring and be completed by fall to accommodate the life cycle of the fish in the creek. The project was postponed.

The bridge work was then scheduled for late spring 2018. The start of the project saw “Bridge closed” signs posted with start dates that changed weekly. Eventually, the project was postponed again. PennDOT reported the bridge was not stable enough to support a single lane of traffic. The plan was to start the project anew in 2019 by closing the bridge to all traffic in either direction.

Gawlik reported the new start date of March, adding that, as of now, the contractor will replace one side at a time, which will take longer to complete.

In other business at the Jan. 7 meeting of borough council, Gawlik indicated the Pearl Street subdivision was under review and required a resubmission. The project proposes town houses on the former borough property on Pearl Street.

The shade tree commission is preparing for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Eugene Schlegel explained to council that residents will be formally notified about trees and stumps that are out of compliance. Residents are expected to prune or remove trees as necessary.

There are vacancies on the shade tree commission, and Schlegel is looking for volunteers.

Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates, received council’s approval to apply for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding grant. The borough has received funding from the RACP to be used for infrastructure improvements for the Iron Works project. The funding is an integral part of the agreement with the Iron Works developer. Helmer is going to apply for additional funds.

Council expects details on the agreement between the developer and the borough will be released in February.