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$5.9 Million Contract Awarded for Work on Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge

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 The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that it has awarded a $5.98 million construction contract for milling and paving, roadway repairs, and concrete surface sealing at the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge, its highway approaches, and nearby exit and entry ramps.

The project primarily involves milling and paving of all lanes and shoulders in both the northbound and southbound directions of Route 1 within the Commission’s jurisdiction, as well as 11 ramps owned and maintained by the Commission.

Other project tasks involve cleaning and sealing of concrete bridge decks (including the toll bridge itself), repairs to concrete spalling — pitting, chipping, flaking, or peeling — of bridge decks and median barriers, concrete roadway repairs, curve improvements to the ramp over NJ Route 29 northbound, roadway restriping, and drainage pipe cleaning.

The milling and paving of Route 1 within the Commission’s jurisdiction includes an 1,800-foot approach to the bridge on the Pennsylvania side of the river, beginning at the viaduct over the Delaware Canal and Conrail tracks and extending to the bridge’s toll plaza.  On the New Jersey side of the river, the milling and paving work on Route 1 will extend 2,600 feet from the bridge to an area east of the underpass at South Broad Street. Milling and paving of bridge-jurisdiction entry and exit ramps also will be performed.

The Commission’s Route 1 segments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are showing signs of deterioration. They were last rehabilitated in 2014.

To minimize motorist impacts, paving work will take place during off-peak hours. The Commission plans to regularly issue travel alerts once impactful work gets underway.

The upcoming project’s construction contract was awarded to low-bidder Road-Con, Incorporated of West Chester, Pa. The Commission approved the contract, for a not-to-exceed amount of $5,980,564.55, at its June 24 meeting. Construction activities are expected to begin later this month and reach substantial completion in late October.

The Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge was originally constructed in 1952 and is the Commission’s second oldest toll crossing. It is a 12-span, simply supported composite-steel-girder and concrete-deck structure with an overall length of 1,324 feet. The granite-faced piers and abutments are reinforced concrete.  The structure is the Commission’s second most heavily used river crossing with an average daily traffic count of 53,300 vehicles in 2023.

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Bucks Judge Orders Triple Killer Committed for 60-Day Mental Health Evaluation

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The man accused of killing three family members, hours before the Levittown St. Patrick’s Day parade causing it to be cancelled followed by a hours long manhunt, has been ordered to be evaluated at a state behavioral health facility.

Andre Gordon 26, a homeless Trenton, N.J man who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of second-degree murder in connection to his March 16 rampage in Lower Bucks County has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by a Bucks County Judge Raymond F. McHugh.  The evaluation period is not to exceed 60 days, court records show.]

Mr. Gordon is to be committed to Norristown Hospital or Torrance State Hospital under the Mental Health Procedures Act (AKA 302 and 302 b.) for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, said Manuel Gamiz Jr., director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. He added the facts about the petition are publicly available at this link. 

Killed in Gordon’s alleged killing spree was his 52-year-old stepmother, Karen Gordon, 13-year-old sister, Kera Gordon, and 25-year-old mother of his children, Taylor Daniel.

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In May, Gordon was charged with aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer —and eight related offenses stemming from an incident in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.

District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said she is seeking the death penalty, if the case goes to trial.

Marcel Johnson, now 31, is the last Bucks County resident sentenced to death. He was convicted in 2015 for the 2013 killing of five months pregnant Ebony Talley, 22, and daughter R’mani Rankins, 4. Rankins murder is what earned Johnson the death penalty.  The last person executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidink in 1979 by lethal injection.

 

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Bucks Co Appoints New CEO of Library System

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Bucks County has a new library system director.

The Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) Board of Directors appointed Dana Barber as the library system’s new chief executive officer at their June 17, 2024 board meeting.

She assumed the role beginning on July 15.

Barber has served as director of the Margaret R Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol Borough for the past 10 years, with a focus on creating strategic partnerships to enhance library services.

She received the 2023 Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association in recognition of her leadership skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated team at BCFL to continue to enhance library services and foster meaningful relationships with patrons and partners,” Barber said.

Barber is excited by the new opportunity to share her vision for public library services as leader of the county system.

“Our libraries are vibrant community hubs providing access to high-quality information, essential support and education, and equitable spaces. They truly are for everyone!” she said.

Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Martina Kominiarek, has served as the library’s CEO for more than 20 years.

“With Dana at the helm, I’m confident we’ll continue to thrive and innovate, serving our communities in even more dynamic and impactful ways,” she said.

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Rep Davis: We’re Addressing Constituent Complaints on Proposed Aqua Rate Increase

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State Rep Tina Davis said recently we have heard your concerns regarding the proposed AQUA rate increase and I have signed on to a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission opposing AQUA’s request.

“Aqua made the request to the PUC, citing the need to improve the system’s infrastructure. While I agree that improvements are needed, customers’ bills currently include distribution system improvement charges, indicating that funds are already being allocated for the infrastructure updates.”

Also, the net income of Essential Utilities, AQUA’s parent company, grew 7% in 2023, therefore, it is apparent that the company is profitable and financially stable, Davis said

What can you do about this? Here is the link where you can file your concerns with the PUC regarding this proposal.

The PUC will also schedule public hearings on the proposed rate hike. Please follow my Facebook and X pages as we will update when the dates of the hearings are announced. she said.

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