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Township Police Earning ‘Bridge Builders’ Title

SANATOGA PA – Those who serve and protect also help bridges get built.

Lower Pottsgrove police officers incurred 17.5 hours of overtime during June (2017), with all costs fully reimbursed to the township, to provide what Chief Michael Foltz described as “traffic buffering services” on U.S. Route 422. Members of the force kept vehicles moving, or slowed or stopped them as necessary, while contractor J.D. Eckman of Atglen PA set new bridge beams during three separate days.

Eckman is building new bridges on the four-lane highway, roughly from Sanatoga to Stowe, under its contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Its work includes “new structures over the Schuylkill River; new structures over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks; rebuilding 422 from the Schuylkill River bridge to the Porter Road overpass; installing new median barriers; replacing the Armand Hammer Boulevard bridge over 422; and improving and realigning ramps at the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange.

Construction on the entire project is scheduled to finish in October 2018. It’s probable Lower Pottsgrove police will perform similar duties again before then.

Also last month, the department incurred:

  • 7.5 overtime hours related to the state’s Drug Task Force activities; and
  • 7 hours on Buckle Up PA campaign enforcement.

The department is reimbursed for those expenses too, the chief noted in a July 6 report to the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners’ meeting scheduled this week

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Thursday (July 20) beginning at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. A copy of the board agenda usually is available for download at least a day in advance from the township website, here.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 6 meeting):

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