News Release: 2013 Road & Bridge Safety Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2013
Contact: Ginni Linn
Director of Communications
Doylestown Township Named Second Runner Up in Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest
Doylestown Township in Bucks County received the second runner up award in the 31st Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest, presented at the 91st Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) in Hershey April 21-24. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships. Doylestown Township was recognized for the Wells Road pedestrian bridge.
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.
Doylestown Township received its award for a pedestrian bridge that closed a gap in the community’s 20-mile bike and hike trail system. Before completion of the bridge in September 2012, pedestrians and bicyclists were forced to use the travel lanes on Wells Road when crossing over a creek. Now, they can traverse the creek easily and safely.
The pedestrian bridge project involved the township’s cooperation with the Doylestown Community Bike and Hike Committee, the state Department of Transportation, engineering firm Michael Baker Jr., Inc., and Delaware Valley College. The nearly $52,000 endeavor was financed with funds from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for the Pew Charitable Trust Neshaminy Greenway Project.
Doylestown Township has been working with Doylestown Borough and other partners for more than 20 years to develop the bike and hike trail system. For the past 7 to 10 years, neighboring municipalities have been partnering to complete the 202 Parkway trail system, which connects Bucks and Montgomery counties through an extensive system of bike and pedestrian pathways.
"The Wells Road pedestrian bridge completes a very big link in our bike and hike trail system,” township manager Stephanie Mason says, “which will make travel much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by PSATS, PHIA, and PennDOT for the work that is being done in the community by the supervisors, staff, and all the volunteers on the Doylestown Community Bike and Hike Committee, which initiated the trail system years ago.”
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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and for the past 92 years has been 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 Mason, manager of Doylestown Township, is available by calling (215) 348-9915.