Home Owners Say They’ve Waited 30 Years for Paving
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Owners of homes built during the early 1990s in Lower Pottsgrove, just a walk east across the street from what is now its Buchert Road municipal building, have asked the township Board of Commissioners to do what they claim hasn’t been done in roughly 30 years: repave their two streets.
A majority of residents on Heather Lane and Bradley Way (at top and right) say the township Public Works Department has dutifully patched pavement and fixed potholes in their neighborhood for decades. Problem is, they patiently explained Tuesday (Sept. 6, 2022) to elected board members, weather and traffic cause those fixes to crumble within months.
“There’s been little done to address (the streets’) overall problems,” a group spokesman said, as it presented a petition seeking the repaving signed by representatives at 38 of 47 households. The streets’ many patches over time have “become unsightly,” created worries about decreasing property values, prompted “tire and alignment issues,” and posed safety hazards, home owners in the board meeting audience added.
Street-side curbs within the community are unusually high, they alleged, because asphalt was laid thinly by developers in anticipation of later paving work that never occurred. Storm water grates rise ominously above street level for the same reason (below), and reportedly provide plenty of jarring moments for drivers.
Commissioners and township Manager Ed Wagner empathized with the problem, but noted Lower Pottsgrove annually has a limited amount of money available, drawn primarily from state liquid fuels tax proceeds and its own funds, for paving and oil-and-chip coating projects. The township tries to use that cash to resurface streets of greatest need within the dozens of miles of roads for which it’s responsible, they noted.
Covering the repaving expense shouldn’t be a problem, members of the group countered. Money for paving both Heather and Bradley was saved in escrow, or covered by a bond, to be completed when builders finished construction there, the petitioners replied. That caught commissioners by surprise; Wagner acknowledged he was unaware of such a set-aside, but said he’d research it and report back.
The home owners’ request “is not something that’s falling on deaf ears,” Commissioner Michael McGroarty promised. Just-selected President Ray Lopez pledged the board “would do some investigation” and thanked the group for making its concerns known.
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