Supervisors Make Public Safety a Priority
With an eye on increased pedestrian and bicycle safety, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors put the wheels in motion for a safer crossing near the Oxford Valley Golf Course and connecting sidewalks along New Falls Road.
The Supervisors, in an effort to be proactive in saving the lives of walkers and bike riders along New Falls Road, unanimously approved an intent to award a concrete and asphalt sidewalk installation between Vermillion Drive and Penn Valley Drive.
Putting public safety first, the board agreed to move forward on the project even though the lowest responsible bidder came in slightly more than $100,000 above the money budgeted for the project.
“If I can move one person to the sidewalk and save one life I’m OK with making that decision,” Supervisor Jeff Boraski said. “I drive that road multiple times a day. I think it’s a necessary project.”
The board, in an effort to be as fiscally responsible as possible, previously turned down a proposal for an 8-foot-wide macadam walkway which would have cost roughly $900,000.
Given that the bid opened in January was the third time the project had been put out to bid, the board decided to accept the $299,000 quote in order to move the project along. The board tasked Township Manager Peter Gray with finding other areas that could be cut or reduced in order to cover the roughly $115,000 in additional funds needed beyond what was budgeted to cover the necessary sidewalk installation expense.
“I see people walking every day, just about,” Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said. “Kids walking to school. People riding bikes. We’re trying to make it safe.”
In addition to keeping pedestrians and bicyclists safe, the goal is to connect the neighborhoods with Pennsbury High School, as well as various attractions, including Jo Jo’s Ice Cream and Water Ice and the Levittown Lanes bowling alley.
In neighboring Bristol Township fatalities along New Falls Road forced the municipality to add a walkway and crosswalks.
To make walking or riding along New Falls Road safer, the board suggested adding signage encouraging walkers and bicyclists to use the side of the roadway opposite Thornridge.