Township Plans Sealing Five Miles Of Roadway

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Lower Frederick expects to repair and reseal 20 percent of 25 linear miles of its roads during 2017, at a cost of about $150,000, the Board of Supervisors said Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017). The practice, one that township engineer Carol Schuehler said is conducted annually, means the entire road system gets renewed over a five-year period and reduces re-paving expenses.

Supervisors, during their workshop meeting at the Spring Mount Road municipal building, approved advertising for bidders on material and equipment to do the work. If bids are accepted, a mixture of fine stone chips and liquid sealant will be spread and rolled over later this year over 5.05 miles on portions or all of the these roads:

  • Alexander,
  • Amy Lane,
  • Greebe,
  • Krause Road,
  • Swamp Creek Road (both east and west),
  • Simmons Road (both north and south),
  • Meadow Lane,
  • Susan’s Lane,
  • Hollowbush, and
  • Village Drive.

Public perception of the chip-seal process wasn’t been overwhelmingly positive years ago, Schuehler admitted to the board, primarily because it was believed to be “messy” or had the potential to damage automotive finishes. That’s no longer the case, she added; the road material and its application both have been dramatically improved. Supervisors Bob Yoder and Ron Kerwood agreed, and said they were particularly satisfied with last year’s effort to seal 5.45 miles at a price of $143,435.

Supervisor Terry Sacks was absent, and did not vote.

The bulk of the money spent on chip sealing is funded from Pennsylvania’s tax on liquid fuels. Lower Frederick anticipates receiving about $149,000 in tax revenue this year, Manager Tamara Twarddowski reported.

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