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Vermilion Hills Bridge, Drainage to Begin in June

Residents living in Vermilion Hills will be able to travel easier on foot once the Vermilion Hills pedestrian bridge is replaced later this summer. The current bridge, which has been condemned and unusable for some time, makes walking in the area more cumbersome.  

Work is expected to begin by mid-June and continue for 30-60 days, according to Township Engineer Jim Sullivan.

The single span pedestrian bridge will be equipped with safety fencing and will look similar to the existing bridge. In addition to the bridge replacement, the project includes drainage improvements to help alleviate stormwater ponding issues in Vermont Lane within the greenbelt.

During this week’s Supervisors meeting, the board awarded a footbridge replacement construction contract to CriLon Corporation in the amount of $79,223.42. The governing body also awarded a $51,300 contract to Contech Engineered Solutions for the manufacture, storage and delivery of the footbridge and a $72,485 contract to Premium Excavating LLC, of Falls Township, to cover the cost of drainage upgrades.

The Vermilion Hills improvements are one of three projects covered in large part by Bucks County open space funding and a PECO Green Region Grant. In all, the grants for the Vermilion Hills project; fishing pier; and community garden expansion are expected to total $234,000 of the projected $312,000 cost for all three projects, meaning that the Township would only need to fund 25 percent of the total cost.

Residents will have to wait a bit longer for the 70-foot-long T-shaped fishing pier at Falls Township Community Park. The Township did not receive bids for fishing pier construction. The Supervisors opted to re-advertise the project. If no bids are received the second time around, Sullivan said the Township can hire a contractor to build the pier.

Supervisor Jeff Dence said the lake presents a great need for a pier, particularly one that is handicapped accessible, as is planned.

“There’s nowhere to tie your boat up,” he said. “People are using the lake for fishing all the time.”

Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said the pier will be beneficial to anyone who takes canoes or kayaks out on the water as well.

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