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Monday, October 21, 2019

Hanover council discusses construction updates

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Widening Airport Road to Route 22 now delayed until spring 2020

Hanover Township is looking for a bid on the Airport Road widening. The original plan was to have the bid for the stretch of road from the Air Products building on Race Street to Route 22 completed in June. Delays in the project pushed the bid out until the end of the year. The project to widen Airport Road to Route 22 is expected to be completed in spring of 2020.

Also at the July 3 meeting, council discussed paving on Troxell Street, which is pushed back to early 2020 while contractors repair deteriorated subsurface conditions. Township Engineer Albert Kortze is recommending a mill and overlay repair on North Irving Street for about 3,500 lineal feet. The repair would be done this year.

The township has a final cut list of curb and driveway apron repairs needed. Kortze was reluctant to estimate a cost because there are certain irregularities, but he anticipates costs of $100 per foot. Homeowners have the option of securing their own contractor, but the township would prefer the same contractor do all the concrete work.

“We want to keep these costs low enough so that all the homeowners will consider using the selected contractor,” Kortze said.

The project involves removing the old curb, cutting away a portion of the street asphalt, removing trees in the right of way, installing the new curbing and repairing the street.

Council agreed to transfer a portion of its sewer capacity to FedEx. When the sewage treatment plant in Catasauqua Borough underwent an expansion decades ago, Hanover purchased enough reserve capacity for an expected surge in residential developments.

Selling off the excess capacity is one of the agreements for the FedEx project. The original plan was for numbers as high as 50,000 gallons per day. The latest agreement scales down to 10,000 gallons with a review in three years to see if more capacity is needed. The new capacity is expected to serve FedEx and two new warehouse designs on parcels designated as lots 4 and 5.

Additional development along Willowbrook Road is expected to make more of the reserve capacity active.