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PennDOT to review Bear Road Bridge


Special to The Press

Lowhill supervisors met Aug. 6 via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic and discussed updates regarding the Bear Road Bridge.

Engineer Ryan Christman provided his report to the board.

Christman said he contacted PennDOT’s bridge inspection consultant.

PennDOT will review Bear Road Bridge and provide feedback.

Christman suggested pushing back the bid opening option and first see what PennDOT says.

The board decided to close off the bridge and barricade it until further notice.

Roadmaster Joe Kalusky told the board everything is going normally as of now.

The road crew has been paving, oil and chipping with the other townships, tiger mowing, grass mowing and fixing the dirt roads.

Township roads are all open except Bear Road, which is closed.

All other roads are all passable, but will be getting worked on, because they have some issues that need to be fixed.

Under old business, the board mentioned the recreation fund donation they discussed last month.

Supervisor Chairman Richard Hughes made a motion to rescind the motion from the July meeting that was meant to donate $7,000 to the Northwestern Recreation Commission as he noticed the township did not actually have the funds correctly budgeted as he originally thought.

The board wants to make a donation but not until they can examine more closely what would be the right amount.

Supervisor Buddy Wessner seconded the motion to have the original motion rescinded.

Under new business, the board discussed a line painting bid from Berks Traffic to paint 52,860 linear feet, for 4-inch double yellow, water born pavement markings at a price of 11 cents per linear foot for a total of $5,814.60.