The 422 project during October involved 54 hours of police department overtime, all reimbursed
SANATOGA PA – As Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. continues to ramp up its efforts to repair portions of U.S. Route 422 and bridges over a two-mile swath through Lower Pottsgrove, the township police department also continues to provide traffic services there, albeit for longer than expected.
The department is being compensated for having patrols at and near the 422 project construction sites. This month (November 2012), however, it also reaped a bonus for the job. Eckman donated 25 traffic cones, each 28 inches high, to the department to replace older cones that have been lost, stolen or damaged over time, Chief Michael Foltz told the Board of Commissioners. He valued the contribution at $600.
Each patrol car carries several cone in its trunk to be used at accident and investigation scenes, or to re-route traffic, Foltz said. He publicly thanked Eckman job superintendent Lee Boyer for the donation.
Pennsylvania State Police patrols, as well as those of nearby North Coventry Township, hold a contract with Eckman to supply traffic calming and buffering services while the construction sites are active. However, the state police have encountered what Foltz described in a monthly report as “logistical problems” in fulfilling the contract, and North Coventry police are occasionally called away to other duties.
Those are the times when Lower Pottsgrove patrols step in, at a rate that was negotiated with Eckman in advance to cover manpower, overtime, and patrol car costs, Foltz said. During October, he added, 54 hours of department overtime was attributable to the 422 construction detail and reimbursed by the company.
Eckman in September (2012) began a 6-year-long, $73.3 million project “to rebuild and improve” 1.6 miles of 422, from about a mile west of the Armand Hammer Boulevard Interchange to the Route 724 Interchange. It includes replacing worn pavement and two structurally deficient bridges.
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