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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, on Tuesday authorized advertisement of bids for concrete and asphalt sidewalk installation between Vermillion Drive and Penn Valley Drive.

“This is a project that the township has talked about for several years,” Supervisors Chairman Robert Harvie said. “It’s taken a while to get to this point. We’re trying to be conscious of money … conscious of property owners. This is definitely something I would like to see us move forward on.”

The board, in an effort to be as fiscally responsible as possible, turned down a previous proposal for an 8-foot-wide macadam walkway which would have cost roughly $900,000. Engineers estimate that the scaled-down project could cost about $200,000.

“This is a good plan,” Supervisor Jeffry Dence said. “It’s going to be a lot more cost effective. This is going to provide a safe path back and forth on New Falls Road.”

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.

“We’re connecting and finishing sidewalks that are there,” Dence said. “We’re connecting neighborhoods. We’re making it safer.”

In neighboring Bristol Township fatalities along New Falls Road forced the municipality to add a walkway and crosswalks. Chairman Harvie said it’s important for Falls to be proactive instead of reactive.

“There may not be incredible foot traffic here,” Harvie said. “Certainly none of us really want to wait until something horrible happens.”

The board also approved a traffic study in the amount of $3,650 in conjunction with a proposal from engineering firm Remington, Vernick & Beach for the South Olds Boulevard crossings. The plan includes adding a second crosswalk at South Olds Boulevard by the Oxford Valley Golf Course.

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