Four Township Roads in Plans for Fresh Asphalt

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Rather than use only an oil-and-stone-chip mixture to seal selected roads this year, Lower Frederick Roadmaster Tom Manning explained Tuesday (May 26, 2020), the township plans to invest slightly more than $132,000 of $170,000 available in its liquid fuel tax revenues to re-pave four highways with asphalt.

The chosen ones?: Evergreen Lane, 2nd Avenue, Schwenk Road, and Woodside Avenue. Work on them apparently can’t happen a moment too soon, Manning indicated.

He’s looked through township records, Manning told the Board of Supervisors during its virtual work session on the Zoom conferencing platform, and can’t find any history on the number of years it’s been since any of the four were last paved. More importantly, they also meet the township’s annual road evaluation criteria that documents roads in greatest need of repair, he added.

Once the work is completed in coming months, Manning said, the township will remain on track in what has become its five-year program of gradually addressing maintenance needs for every mile of township-owned highway.

The cost of this year’s projects includes labor and material, as well as a 10-percent set-aside for unexpected contingencies, township Manager Mark Hudson reported. While there might be enough money left in the fuels tax savings to pay for additional repairs elsewhere, Hudson noted the township has in the past determined it’s a good practice to keep some of that cash handy for unanticipated needs. Supervisors generally agreed.

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