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GOLDEN PHEASANT BRIDGE ON RIVER ROAD (Route 32) STATUS:
PennDOT announced that construction is scheduled to begin Monday, October 1st, to perform interim repairs to the bridge carrying Route 32 (River Road) over the Delaware Canal. To improve the bridge, which is in poor condition, PennDOT’s contractor will replace the existing deck and steel beams, replace the guardrail, and perform minor repairs to the stone masonry abutments.

Due to the nature of the repairs, Route 32 will be closed between Tinicum Creek RD and Headquarters RD through late December. Route 32 motorists will be directed to follow the posted detour of Dark Hollow Road, Route 413 and Route 611. Motorists are advised to allow extra time. The road will remain open to local traffic up to the bridge.

Built in 1932, the single-span steel I-beam bridge is 45 feet long, 18 feet wide and carries an average of 2,132 vehicles a day. The bridge is currently posted for 15 tons. PennDOT is in the early preliminary engineering phase of a project to rehabilitate or replace the 86-year-old bridge. Posted 9/18/18

HEADQUARTERS ROAD BRIDGE STATUS:
PennDOT has notified the Township that the Memorandum of Agreement for the Headquarters Road Bridge over Tinicum Creek project has been executed and posted to the Project PATH website. (Advisory Council on Historic Preservation letter)

Due to the deterioration of its structural integrity, PennDOT engineers and Transportation Secretary Richards have determined that rehabilitation of the existing bridge is not an option. PennDOT states that there are two options:

  1. Construction of a new one-lane bridge. This option would require Tinicum Township taxpayers to take ownership and responsibility.
  2. Construction of a new two-lane bridge. Under this option, PennDOT would retain ownership and responsibility.

Both options would seek to maintain the historical look of the bridge and reuse existing stones where possible. PennDOT is working through the Section 106 process for historical structures and has filed for a categorical exclusion for the work in and near the Exceptional Value stream. PennDOT District 6 Project Management Consultant, Ryan Whittington confirmed that there has been no reassignment of funds taken from this project. Revised 9/18/18

ROAD & BRIDGE UPDATES:

RABIES ALERT
The Tinicum Police Dept. received information from a resident of Perry Auger Road that a dead bat on her property tested positive for rabies. We would like to remind our residents to ensure their domestic animals have current rabies vaccinations. The Bucks County Health Dept. provides information and guidelines concerning rabies at http://www.buckscounty.org/government/healthservices/HealthDepartment/Environmental/RabiesInformation Posted 8/29/18

FREE FLU VACCINE
Bucks County residents 3 years and older are eligible for a free flu shot from the Bucks County Dept. of Health on September 29th in Doylestown, 1282 Almshouse Rd, from 9 am to 3 pm, and in Quakertown, 261 California Rd, from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information call 215-345-3318 or visit www.buckscounty.org/health.
Posted 8/20/18

BRING USED MOTOR OIL TO TINCUM PUBLIC WORKS
If you are changing your lawn mower oil or engine oil, please bring the oil to the Public Works garage, there's a barrel in the parking lot. Doing so allows us to lower costs by reusing the oil and helps you to properly dispose of it. No gas or antifreeze, please. Posted 7/3/18

PENNDOT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PERMITS AVAILABLE
Residents who live along a state highway and are concerned with the spraying of herbicides by PennDOT may opt by filling out the PennDOT Application for a Right- of -Way Vegetation Management Permit. The property owner must maintain vegetation on their property in the right-of-way in accordance with PennDOT's roadside management standards. Detailed requirements are in the permit application. Return permits to: PennDOT, District 6-0, 7000 Geerdes Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Posted 7/11/18

INVASIVE INSECTS DISCOVERED IN PENNSYLVANIA:

LICENSE YOUR DOG
Pennsylvania law requires all dogs 3 months or older to have a current dog license. An annual license costs $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. For more info go to www.padoglicense.com Posted 3/28/18

POWER OUTAGES
If an outage occurs, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report it, or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/outages where you can also find more info on Met-Ed's restoration progress and safety. Never try to remove a tree or debris from downed lines. Always assume downed lines are energized and immediately call Met-Ed at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

RIVER CONDITIONS:
In case of flood warnings,check the National Weather Service website for current and forecasted river conditions at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=fren4&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1%22 Floodplain Maps can be viewed at the Bucks County website: https://bucksgis.maps.arcgis.com Additional information can be found at www.FloodSmart.gov and www.FEMA.gov.

LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOUR GROUNDWATER
For more info about how you can protect your groundwater, click here.

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Updated 9/18/2018