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Hampton announces summer paving plans

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Hampton Township officials plan to resurface a number of residential roads near Mt. Royal Boulevard, north of Duncan Avenue.

The Hampton streets slated for repaving are Tall Timber Drive, Buckboard Trail, South Trail Court, Surrey Drive and Valley View Drive.

“It's probably not going to start until August,” said Alex Zarenko, director of community services for Hampton Township.

Hampton Council voted May 22 to accept a bid by Shields Asphalt Paving of Richland to resurface just less than 1.4 miles of Hampton roads for about $277,000.

Because the township budgeted $300,000 for 2013 road improvements, council members also agreed to spend another $23,000 this summer for additional unspecified paving projects, depending on the actual cost of repaving the previously listed five Hampton streets.

Zarenko said no Hampton Township roads are scheduled for oil-and-stone-chip treatments this summer.

“Our budget is tight this year,” Zarenko said.

By comparison, officials in Pine and Richland townships each plan to spend more than $1 million in 2013 on road resurfacing projects.

In other Hampton road news, the intersection of McNeal Road and Middle Road will close Monday for ongoing work to replace a bridge on Middle Road over the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The intersection will remain closed for the duration of the bridge-replacement project, according to Chris Lochner, manager of Hampton Township.

“The project is going fairly well,” Lochner said about the bridge replacement.

Gulisek Construction, general contractor for the bridge replacement, plans to finish the project and remove all Middle Road detours by Oct. 4, according to Lochner.

At Duncan Avenue and Route 8, O'Hara-based cement contractor Gary Metzinger is working toward a possible mid-August completion date for the replacement of a culvert and bridge over Gourdhead Run near the Easy Trip gas station, according to Lochner.

The intersection of Duncan Avenue and Route 8 closed April 22 but could re-open sooner than expected, pending delivery of a 71-foot, precast CON/SPAN unit — a combination bridge-culvert made by Contech Engineered Solutions of West Chester, Ohio — that Metzinger needs to complete the Gourdhead Run project.

“We're hoping that he will be able to get out of there on time, which at the latest is Sept. 1,” Lochner said. “I would not be overly surprised if he gets done in mid-August.

“The good news is that a lot of the projects that for years needed to be addressed are being addressed,” Lochner said. “Hopefully, by the year's end, we won't have to worry about them again for another generation.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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