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Deer Ridge Drive 1-Lane Limits Begin Today

A section of Deer Ridge Drive highlighted in red (at top) will be reduced to one traffic lane for the next 30 to 60 days due to construction for nearby Spring Valley Farms.

SANATOGA PA – Traffic on Deer Ridge Drive will be limited to one lane only beginning today (Monday, Nov. 13, 2017), and Pottsgrove School District bus pick-ups and drop-offs for some students will be temporarily relocated, due to construction as workers involved with the adjacent Spring Valley Farms housing community on Bleim Road make pipe connections to manholes on Deer Ridge.

The disruption could last between 30 and 60 days, Lower Pottsgrove Manager Ed Wagner told the Board of Commissioners during its Thursday (Nov. 9) meeting.

Much of the first phase of installation for water, storm water, and sanitary sewer pipes benefiting Spring Valley Farms has been completed since construction began in September on the vacant field bordered in part by North Pleasant View and Bleim roads, township engineering representative Chad Camburn reported to commissioners.

However, some of the most painstaking work – making the Deer Ridge connection – lies ahead, Camburn added. Some pipes must be laid as deep as 20 feet deep, and heavy rock concentrations can be found as shallow as two feet below the soil surface, he said. Crews also will be forced to dig a trench in a space as narrow as 8- to 10-feet between two homes fronting Deer Ridge.

“They’ll hit a lot of rock,” Camburn predicted of the workers. “It will be slow going.”

A substantial length of Deer Ridge, between Summit Way and Foxtail Drive, will be affected by the lane closure. As a result, a school district bus pick-up point established in September at the corner of Deer Ridge and Summit Way, will temporarily be moved during construction to the corner of Laurel Drive and Deer Ridge, according to Wagner. He confirmed the interim bus stop with district officials last week. They in turn notified affected families on Wednesday (Nov. 8).

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 9 meeting):

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