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Bristol Twp to Repave Roadways beginning Next Week

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Bristol Township announced its 2020 road paving schedule which launches Monday. 

The Township Council approved the James D Morrisey, Inc bid of  1.9 million on the project earlier this year. .

12.7 miles of roadway is scheduled to be repaved, according to township documents. 

The township since 2012 has invested millions in fixing roads throughout the municipality with current Council President Craig Bowen using the infrastructure work as part his reelection effort on campaign signs saying Paving the Way to a Better Bristol in one instance in 2013. 

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The infrastructure of the township had been eroding over time with some having no repaving done in decades. Repaving the roads throughout the municipality has been a focus for officials over the last several years. 

The township was able to budget just under 2 million dollars for this years work since no work completed last year  with focus the constructing of the Municipal Complex. 

Click here for the full  2020 repaving schedule. 

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Human Interest - Bristol Borough

Bristol Twp Approves 2024 Paving Contract

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Bristol Township Council approved a road milling and repaving contract for 2024 at Thursday night’s meeting.

James D. Morrissey Inc. came in as the lowest bidder to undertake this years paving contract for at a little more than $568,000.00 The project will cover 1.8 miles of roadway across the township.

Yellowwood Drive, Young Birch Drive, Gun Road, Grasspond Road, Wistar Road, Mill Creek Road, Hatfield Street, and Old Orchard Lane will be milled and repaved, officials said.

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Since 2012, Bristol Township has repaved 143.14 miles of pavement across 571 roads.

By the end of 2024, nearly all township-owned roads are expected to have been recently repaved, with few remaining, officials said.

In 2013 the township decided to overhaul municipal roads after determining that half needed resurfacing and also saw the commitment as way of attracting businesses back to Bristol.

It was said at the time that many roads in the Levittown section had not been repaved since the 1950s officials said a decade ago. The condition of the townships roadways was the focus of frequent complaints by locals.

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Bristol Twp Police Reports: Porch Pirate Strikes in Fairless Hills, Vandals Damage Property in Croydon and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports April 12 to April 16

Arrest 4-16-24, 0023 hours, Lakeland Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested for Criminal Trespass, Posses Controlled Substance and Posses Drug Paraphernalia.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge O’Neil.  Bail was set at $20,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Quinton Edward Palmer, B/M, 63 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 4-16-24, 0615 hours, Lakeland Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Ronald Kilby, W/M, 54 years old State Road Croydon, Pa

Arrest 4-16-24, 1153 hours, Crosswood Lane, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charge of Criminal Trespass.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $25,000/unsecured. Raina Rash-Levocz, W/F, 27 years old Crosswood Lane Levittown, Pa

Arrest 4-16-24, 1410 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $35,000/10% and released to the Constables. Kimberly Whittaker, W/F, 36 years old Appletree Drive Levittown, Pa

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Arrest 4-16-24, 1705 hours, Inkberry Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Harold Franklin, B/M, 28 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 4-16-24, 1929 hours, Appletree Drive, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Simple Assault and Harassment.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Peranteau.  Bail was set at 25,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Robert Clifford Ruszin, W/M, 59 years old Watham Court Yardley, Pa

Arrest 4-16-24, 2008 hours, State Road, Croydon, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Daniel Thomas Fowler, W/M, 30 years old No Fixed Address

Theft 4-12-24, 0608 hours, Iris Road, Levittown, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject stole a 2015 Ford F150 truck.  There was approximately $3,000.00 in tools and fishing gear in the truck.

Theft 4-12-24, 1628 hours, Perennial Drive, Fairless Hills, Pa. On 4-6-24 an unknown subject removed a package from a residence.  The estimated value is $690.00.

Theft: Retail 4-13-24, 0202 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 4-13-24 at approximately 0152 hours two unknown subjects removed several items passing all  points of sale.  The estimated value is $30.00.

Vandalism 4-13-24, 1107 hours, Newportville Road, Croydon, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) smashed the driver side rear window to a 2017 Kia.  The estimated damage value is $250.00.

Vandalism 4-14-24, 1320 hours, Second Avenue, Croydon, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) cut the wires to solar lights and damaged  the rear driver side window to a 2014 Ford.  No damage value given.

Vandalism 4-16-24, 0810 hours, Ford Road, Bristol, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject damaged the rear windshield to a 2010 Nissan.  No damage  value given.

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Contractor to be Hired for Randall Ave Bridge Work

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A contract to have work completed on the Randall Avenue Bridge will be signed with a contractor, Bristol Township officials said at Thursday night’s Council meeting.

Township Manager Randee Elton said she and township engineer Gilmore and Associates have been closely working with Amtrak and a contractor. Elton revealed the name of the contracting firm is Haines and Kibblehouse based in Chalfont.

We’re almost ready to enter into a construction agreement with Amtrak and to award the construction contract to H & K.

Their work will be on the decking removal of concrete from the bridge area.

A $2 million multi-modal grant the township received will pay for the abutment work, Elton said, saying the plan last year was to do both projects together.

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When the work is complete, “PennDOT will allow us to open up the bridge at the current weight limit restrictions,” Elton said.

Officials said the contract and agreement will be signed in about three to four weeks and construction start dates will be announced at that time also.

The 169-foot span bridge in the Edgely section of the township has been closed since February of 2023 after chunks of the bridge fell onto the ground and onto the Amtrak and SEPTA rail lines below. For 14 months Township officials have worked feverishly reviewing solutions, applying for grants, speaking, and meeting with  civil construction companies and leveraging county, state, and federal officials seeking help.

In January state and federal officials with Amtrak came together for a community meeting that members of the public attended also. Locals voiced their frustration with the lack of progress in getting the bridge reopened.  The Amtrak officials that did attend never spoke a word during the town hall.

Sitting over the Edgely section of the township the 169- foot span bridge was constructed in 1919 and is listed as being in “poor condition” by PennDOT. The bridge is seen as a vital connector to motorists, first responders, and local businesses.

Elton said once the work is completed and the bridge operating and then we can continue working on getting a replacement bridge, which we all know we’re going to need.

 

 

 

 

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