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Monday, July 22, 2019
Press photos by Paul CmilA revamped waterfall at Canal Park adds some punch to the park’s landscaping. The new waterfall replaced a deteriorating water feature. Press photos by Paul CmilA revamped waterfall at Canal Park adds some punch to the park’s landscaping. The new waterfall replaced a deteriorating water feature.
Hanover Township updated the veterans memorial at Canal Park with additional landscaping. Hanover Township updated the veterans memorial at Canal Park with additional landscaping.

Hanover officials hear updates on park, roads

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Mike Leondi, vice president with the Rockefeller Group, briefed Hanover Township Council on the status of the Willowbrook Road and Race Street projects at the meeting June 19. Leondi had a detailed schedule outlining the plans from October 2018 to October 2019.

The project is behind the original schedule, and the public is frustrated with the traffic interruptions.

Rockefeller shut down the project over the winter and resumed operations in May. The focus this year will be on getting the south side of Race Street widened and to shift traffic to the south side of Race Street, before the winter shutdown.

The traffic shift is expected around the end of July. Progress will be made to set the north side of Race Street and improve the Race Street and Airport Road intersection. The plan calls for the final asphalt course before the winter shutdown.

Although Willowbrook Road is complete, the road has not been turned over to the state. The initial agreement called for the road to be turned over because projected maintenance costs were beyond the capabilities of the township. Council wants to see the turnover happen before winter. The township’s snow-clearing equipment would not meet requirements for a major thoroughfare like Willowbrook Road.

Over the winter, Leondi envisions stormwater work along Airport Road.

“I do not see that it will cause any traffic restrictions,” he said.

When work resumes in May 2020, the goal is to get Airport Road widened to Postal Road and then look at the tie-in to Route 22 entrance and exit ramps.

In other action, council President Bruce Paulus and township Manager Christopher Garges looked at revamping residential curbing. Township Manager Albert Kortze put a top end on repairs needed at 1,100 feet. After a detailed inspection, the number was reduced to 850 feet, along with 34 driveway aprons. The goal is to get curbing completed in 2019 and make paving repairs in 2020. The cost for curbing and driveway aprons are considered homeowner costs.

Jeffry Mouer, director of public works, reported the waterfall project at Canal Park is complete. The veterans memorial was also updated with flower pots.

Mouer relayed to council the Department of Environmental Protection is upping its enforcement of stormwater retaining basins. According to Mouer, there are 52 added inspectors tasked with auditing the detention basins.