Roadwork to Close Susquehanna
Flood fixes on Susquehanna Road by Sandy Run in Abington will close part of the road through September.
Work is slated to begin today on a “box culvert” in the area of Susquehanna Road and Maple Avenue over Sandy Run Creek. The project will help mitigate flooding in the area, but Susquehanna Road will be out of commission until about September, weather permitting.
Abington Township Engineer Michael Powers said Susquehanna Road is a hazard when it rains heavily. The 10-foot by 6-foot concrete box culvert will divert rainwater under the road. Powers said the bridge in place now at the creek is not good at handling the 100-year storm.
The project comes in at about $799,400; the state is contributing 80 percent, and the township will foot the rest of the bill through fund balance and through the Supplemental Federal-Aid Bridge Project Reimbursement Agreement, according to the April Public Works Committee minutes.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation received seven bids for the project; Neshaminy Constructors won the bid. According to the minutes, the township has worked with the construction company in the past.
With Susquehanna Road being a major east-west artery, detours through Roslyn, to and from Fitzwatertown Road, are inevitable.
Last week, Commissioner Thomas Bowman said, “We’re a few days away from Armageddon in Roslyn.”
That may be a bit dramatic.
He went on to say, “It’s going to be crowded, it’s going to be bad and we’re going to have to deal with it.”
Bowman and Commissioner John Spiegelman asked drivers to be courteous to Roslyn residents.