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Middletown approves $1.5 million for roads, looks to do more

By MICHAEL MACAGNONE STAFF WRITER

Paving comes cheap in Middletown this year — or at least, cheap enough that the supervisors want to do more of it.

At Monday’s supervisors meeting, the board approved a contract with General Asphalt Paving out of Philadelphia for $1.5 million — almost $1 million less than the initial $2.5 million estimate. Now, the board is looking to add more roads to the project this year.

“This will be an opportunity to address not only roads but storm water issues in the township,” Chairman Pat Mallon said. “I think this will be a good thing for our community and our township.”

The contract with General Asphalt covers more than three dozen roads in the township, including repaving more than a mile of White Swan Way, as well as paving and storm water work on Clay Avenue.

The board asked Pat Duffy, the township’s zoning officer, to look at adding more roads in the Silver Lake community, as well as Frost Hollow and Tollgate roads, to the contract. Those roads were slated for paving next year as part of the township’s long-term road construction plan.

“I didn’t expect them to come in this low, to be honest,” Duffy said.

Duffy said the contract has a public review period that runs until next week, after which the township and contractor can work out a start date for the paving.

The funds for the road construction over the next two years come out of $5 million set aside from a $10 million bond the township took out earlier this year.

Mallon and the board also asked the township to develop a bid for an overall traffic study in the township, which could be sent out next month.

The supervisors also approved a $630,000 purchase of a new fire engine for the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Co. from Precision Fire Apparatus. Township manager Stephanie Teoli Kuhls said $250,000 came from the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority and the balance came from the township’s apparatus fund.

In other business, the supervisors gave preliminary approval for the company DriveTime to develop a car dealership at 1816 E. Lincoln Highway.

The site was formerly another dealership, webuyanycar.com.