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Local Government – Bristol Township

Funding Secured for the Randall Avenue Bridge Project

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Two local lawmakers announced Wednesday Bristol Township is receiving $2 million for the Randall Avenue Bridge project.

State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D -10) and state Representative Tina Davis (D-141) said the funds will go towards repairs and renovation of the bridge that’s been closed for 13 months due to public safety concerns brought to light last year.

The lawmakers said the funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Program.

Santarsiero, Davis, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R- PA-1) with township and Amtrak officials participated in a town hall community meeting earlier this year to hear from, and to inform concerned citizens about the myriad of challenges faced by the township in completing a full evaluation of the bridge.

Interestingly enough Amtrak officials outside of introducing themselves added little commentary about the bridge, the work needed to be done or a replacement bridge being constructed and installed during the town hall.

“The repair and reopening of the Randall Ave Bridge is critical for the safety of Bristol Township residents,” Santarsiero said.

The cost of replacing and/or renovating the bridge is estimated at upwards of $25 million. The township has already set aside close to $1 million for work to be done on the bridge. Challenges such as when to schedule a special safety inspection Amtrak requires before any work can be done have frustrated any progress to be made.

The bridge, which according to officials, has over 400 vehicles on it daily, is over 100 years old and like many other commonwealth bridges requires at the very least, improvements but unlike many of the bridges which the state owns and operates, the township is solely responsible for the span and maintenance of this bridge.

“Residents have been very patient throughout this process and we owe it to them to ensure critical public safety personnel can get to them in a timely manner, ” Davis said. “ I am hopeful that with this funding we’ll make that goal a reality very soon.”

“With these grant funds we will work to restore and reopen the ‘Edgeley Bridge’, while continuing to seek funding will continuing to seek funding for a much-needed full Bridge replacement, council president Craig Bowen said.

Ames has lived in Falls Township for most of her life. She currently contributes to Lower Bucks Source doing multiple tasks. Got the reporting "bug" and is in her first year of learning the ins and outs of journalism. Her free time is dedicated to caring for and hanging with her mom. Ames admits to being a news junkie and an avid reader. Also loves the Eagles (a crazed fan) and Phillies. During football season, she loves to remind LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.."

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Township Police Reports: Woman Charged For PFA Violation, 2nd Woman Charged with Assault and More

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Bristol Township Police Reports July 5 to July 7, 2024 

Arrest 7-5-24, 0038 hours, Plumbridge Drive, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Terroristic Threats, DUI, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct and several vehicle violations.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $100,000/10% and released to the Constables. Michael Miller, W/M, 44 years old Plumbridge Drive Levittown, Pa.

Arrest 7-6-24, 1135 hours, Groveland Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of a PFA Violation, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $25,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Rhonda J Heffelfinger, W/F, 59 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 7-7-24, 0140 hours, Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Retail Theft, Possess Controlled Substance and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Gambardella.  Bail was set at $30,000/unsecured. Justin Robert Walker, W/M, 35 years old Shellflower Road Levittown, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 0351 hours, Palmer Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Simple Assault and Harassment.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $5,000/unsecured. Jamy Nicholson-Friend, W/F, 50 years old Palmer Avenue Bristol, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 1706 hours, Pumpkin Hill Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Warrant out of Bethlehem Police Department and remanded to the BCCF. Marcos Vega, W/M, 46 years old Pumpkin Hill Road Levittown, Pa

Theft 7-5-24, 1347 hours, Kenwood Drive, Levittown, Pa. On 7-3-24 at approximately 0430 hours an unknown subject removed two jet skis from a residence.  No value given.

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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Breaking News - Bristol Township

Updated: Amtrak Delays Randall Ave Bridge Project for 2 Weeks

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Updated: June 28, 2024 12 p.m. 

If you listen close enough you can hear the utter sound of frustration coming out of the municipal complex in Bristol Township Thursday as the scheduled work on the Randall Avenue Bridge will now be delayed until the middle of next month documents obtained by Lower Bucks Source show.

A document from Amtrak to township officials cites two reasons for the delay in scheduled repairs that were set to begin on Friday with  a 55-hour  outage on track four scheduled.

“Amtrak has not had sufficient time to review the …site specific work plan and cited  a ” heat related infrastructure issue along the northeast corridor last week with the companies “manpower and resources” shifted to maintenance of that issue because of anticipated heavy travel during the Independence Day holiday week the document reads.

Amtrak, company officials say, needs 30 days to review such plan and says it received their copy on June 17, 10 days ago.

The contingency plan now in place calls for the track four shutdown to occur the week of July 19 to July 24, 2024, the document shows.

Bristol Township officials were not immediately available to confirm the contents of the letter, however, it is signed by an Amtrak official who oversees company projects in the region.

It was just a week ago officials “with fingers crossed” announced the work on the bridge – now shut down for more 16 months – was set to begin on June 28 (tomorrow).

“Amtrak looks forward to the Randall Ave Bridge remediation and has appreciated all the joint coordination between the agencies,” ends the document.

On Friday morning Township Manager Randee J. Mazur responding to a request for comment on this story said: The project is now set to start on July 12, 2024 (pushed from 6/28 start). Amtrak experienced heat related ET (electric traction) infrastructure issues along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) during the week of June 17th-June 21st. Amtrak ET manpower resources have been shifted towards maintenance in anticipation of the heavy travel week before, during, and after the Fourth of July holiday week -weekend, which exactly resembles the reporting  of Lower Bucks Source.

 

 

 

Editors Note: Lower Bucks Source is not providing a copy of the document cited in the story since it would reveal the identity of the source  (s)

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