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Schuylkill Haven moves closer to Parkway improvements

Schuylkill Haven borough is another step closer to replacement of needy curbs, sidewalks and accessible ramps along the Parkway portion of Route 443 that runs through the borough.

The plans are thanks in part thanks to approval by borough council to apply for the state Multi Modal Grant Program, which would pay for the work.

After the June 21 council meeting, borough administrator Jessica Seiders said the state has identified a large number of crosswalk intersections that are not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act in the project area. She said the funding will remove all the deficient ramps and replace them to the most current standards as well as replacing deteriorated sidewalks and curbs.

In other business, a long-happening bridge replacement project along Columbia Street got a bit of an unexpected movement toward completion. Seiders said a section of the old bridge fell into the river during its demolition on June 12. “PennDOT’s contractor removed almost all of the bridge but had concerns and closed the island boat launch, which impacted last week’s (Schuylkill River) Sojourn,” Seiders said. “Thanks to coordinated efforts, the boat launch was successful where the kayakers entered the water outside the Bubeck community gardens behind Turkey Hill.”

A good portion of the project is now complete and open for traffic, but Seiders says the contractors still need to widen the bridge to a final width of about 45 feet, including sidewalks on both sides.

Speaking of the Schuylkill River Sojourn, councilwoman Diane Roeder reported to council that the event went well and there was good turnout from around the area but not much representation from the borough itself. Councilman John Williams said he noticed the same thing and was told by some people that the event was not advertised well enough. Council agreed to look into ways to better advertise future sojourns to encourage more participation from local residents.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is an annual 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip on the river that begins in Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia.

Council approved a resolution to increase fees associated with the cost of water purchased by water transport companies. The new fee raises costs by $25 for 1,000 gallons.

Williams complained the railroad crossing on Main Street continues to deteriorate and needs to be repaired. Roeder agreed and added that there is a pothole in the middle. Seiders said she would reach out to the people in charge of maintaining the crossing.

Source: Berkshire mont

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