Northampton Press

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Northampton talks winter weather, bridge plans

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Al Recker Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough has agreed to take some responsibility for pedestrian traffic and winter snow and ice removal when a new Cementon-Northampton Bridge is erected and open to the public.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst has confirmed the borough’s public works department will remove snow and ice from the sidewalk, which will be 10 feet in width. He said the borough has a special piece of equipment with an attached snow plow to perform the task.

Whitehall Township is entering a similar pact with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for removal of the sidewalk snow on its section.

It is expected the two municipalities will work out a system, such as taking turns removing the snow on the entire sidewalk.

PennDOT will remove snow from the deck of the bridge.

Brobst said the borough removed snow from the intercounty bridge as a good faith measure for years. Lehigh County took care of the sidewalks.

The Cementon-Northampton Bridge project is expected to take two years. The existing span will remain open as a new bridge will be constructed beside it. Vehicle traffic will be unimpeded.

The timing for the Cementon-Northampton Bridge work will be determined as the completion date for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge nears.