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News: Middletown Township Wins Road & Bridge Award

April 22, 2015

Ginni Linn
PSATS Director of Communications
Cell: (717) 805-3588 (through April 23, 2015)
Office: (717) 763-0930, ext. 127 (after April 23, 2015)

Middletown Township Receives Honorable Mention
in Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest

Middletown Township in Bucks County received an honorable mention in the 33rd Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest, presented at the 93rd Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) in Hershey April 19-22. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Middletown Township was recognized for a roadway improvement project on Big Oak Road.

The township association sponsors the statewide Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest each year in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the state Department of Transportation to recognize townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort in making roads and bridges safer.

Middletown Township’s project addressed a one-mile stretch of road that was in constant need of repairs and flooded on a regular basis. Inadequate drainage features and a poor road foundation compounded the problem, leading to water ponding and pavement collapse.

The road is located in a light manufacturing district and serves as a connector for neighboring Falls and Lower Makefield townships.

“Road closures and hazardous pavement conditions were causing economic hardship for the seven businesses fronting on Big Oak Road, as well as major inconveniences to the PECO substation and the adjacent residential developments in Middletown Township,” the project narrative says. “The businesses in the bordering townships were also adversely affected by the very poor road conditions.”

The project involved total road reconstruction of the middle half-mile of road and milling and paving of the quarter-mile sections at each end. Two 24-inch-diameter culverts were replaced with concrete box culverts measuring 2 feet by 4 feet and 3 feet by 6 feet. According to the project narrative, the drainage improvements tripled the capacity to collect and convey stormwater runoff.

Grants from the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County and the state Department of Community and Economic Development helped offset the nearly $1 million project cost.

“The project has solved the drainage and structural inadequacies of the road pavement, which means motorists can now safely travel along the road without fear of driving outside the travel lane to avoid water ponding, potholes, and pavement collapse areas,” Middletown Township manager Stephanie Teoli Kuhls says. “Big Oak Road is now a safe connector road for the nearby residents and businesses.

“We have received very positive feedback from businesses and residents alike,” she adds. “The road was one of the worst roads in the township, dating back many years. The township is extremely honored to receive this recognition.”

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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

Note: Stephanie Teoli Kuhls, Middletown Township manager, is available at (215) 750-3800.