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Falls Township Moves Forward with Road Improvement Plans

Smoother travel is in sight as Falls Township advances its annual road improvement program. Several Falls Township roads will be upgraded in the coming weeks as part of the 2019 road program.

At its September meeting, the Falls Supervisors voted unanimously to award a bid to General Asphalt Paving Co., Inc. in the amount of $1,617,389.85 – a cost that came in well under budget, according to engineer Joe Jones. During Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted unanimously for Township Manager Peter Gray to finalize the bid award. Supervisors Jeffry Dence and Brian Galloway were absent.

As part of the annual road program, Falls plans to carry out full depth reconstruction of Rice Drive, Fletcher Drive and Lions Drive. In addition, a portion of Elbow Lane between Stony Hill Road and the Falls Township boundary has been designated for mill and overlay improvements. 

On Tuesday night, the board also voted unanimously to accept a proposal from Jones Engineering Associates for professional inspection and construction administration services related to the road improvement project. As part of the $85,000 proposal, Jones Engineering Associates will provide construction inspection and oversight for all work within the project scope. In addition, the firm will administer contract payment requests, coordinate and attend weekly progress meetings and pre-construction meetings, provide field engineering and prepare a final punch list and daily inspection reports, among other duties.

Construction is expected to begin sometime in October.

Each year Falls Township designates roads for its road improvement program. Some years the township can undertake more or fewer road upgrades depending upon budget changes, Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said.

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