It’s been about nine weeks since contractors began limiting traffic on Deer Ridge to a single lane between Summit Way and Foxtail Drive (at right), due to construction involving the adjacent Spring Valley Farms housing community. Heavy machinery is still busy on the Spring Valley acreage, but the Deer Ridge work ended this week, Wagner said Thursday (Jan. 18).
Two-way traffic there has returned, he added.
Workers started traffic restrictions back on Nov. 13 (2017), giving themselves room to make pipe connections from the south side of Spring Valley – with its entrance on nearby Bleim Road – to manholes on Deer Ridge. At the time, the township predicted the disruption could last between 30 and 60 days. It took just a bit longer, Wagner acknowledged.
Its progress was slow and painstaking. Some pipes needed to be buried 20-feet deep, but heavy rock concentrations were found just two feet below the soil surface. The dig demanded plenty of machine-assisted and hands-on labor. Explosives couldn’t be used. In at least one instance, crews were forced to dig a trench in a space as narrow as 8- to 10-feet between two homes fronting Deer Ridge.
And, yes, Wagner admitted, those also were weeks of complaints. Despite a brief break for the holidays, digging made allowable driving rough and bumpy. The air was occasionally filled with dust and the noise of power generators running during the night. The task of clearing winter snow and ice presented a host of problems. Pottsgrove School District bus pick-ups and drop-offs for some students were temporarily relocated.
The school district has been notified, Wagner said, that a temporary bus stop at the corner of Laurel Drive and Deer Ridge is no longer necessary. He had not heard, as of Thursday, if the former stop at the corner of Deer Ridge and Summit Way is back in service.
A portion of Deer Ridge still requires some touch-up paving. Wagner said that probably will occur next week as area temperatures warm up, and likely will take less than a day.
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