After the July 20 beam delivery for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge tied up traffic and fascinated onlookers, all kinds of questions are coming to the fore. Here are a few answers.
Is the project on schedule? The work is currently ahead of schedule, but it is far too early in the project to make a prediction.
There are thousands of open tasks lining the walls of the manager’s Gantt chart. The next major task is to get more beams over to the Coplay side of the bridge.
Edward John Deichmeister, owner of S&D Land Development LLC, presented a sketch plan of his proposed residential development to the Allen Township Planning Commission at its meeting July 16. The plan is for a revised development called Tranquil Meadows. An earlier plan for the property was called Quarry Hill Estates.
Christine Troxell of Barry Isett Engineers opened Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting July 10 with a briefing on the township’s proposed MS4 plan.
At the July 24 meeting, Allen Township Board of Supervisors approved a bid package for a proposed salt shed. The project has been lurking as a proposal for months. Some of the dirt for the pad is removed, but there is additional dirt that needs to be excavated.
The additional dirt will be part of the bid package, but anyone can come in and take it. The pad is marked off.
“They need to use their backhoe and equipment to haul it. We just want to get rid of it,” Vice Chairman Dale Hassler said. “Anything taken reduces the bid price.”
At its meeting July 26, East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors awarded a Monocacy Drive road improvement contract to Nyce Construction services. The $400,000-plus contract is for phase 2B of the scheduled improvements and is focused on stormwater improvements.
“The first phase of the project was awarded to Grace Industries. We will work with the two companies to be sure there is a coordinated hand-off,” township Engineer James Milot said.
With two items on Allen Township Planning Commission’s July 16 agenda, the most immediate matter was the Jaindl-Watson land development plan. Based on the outcome of a previous supervisors’ meeting and a review of the plan by the planning commission and township Engineer Robert Cox, there were details that needed clarification.
The official owner had a name change to JW Development Partners. They were formerly JW Jaindl Land Company/David M. Jaindl.
Drivers woke up early in the morning July 20 in Pottsville as Northeast Precast had 121-foot beams loaded onto special trailers for their trip to Northampton.
The scheduled arrival was 10:30 a.m., but the crew got delayed in Hamburg while state police checked the drivers’ credentials.
Ryan — “It’s just Ryan,” he said when he parked the beam in front of the crane — took the first truck. The course was down Route 61, across the 78 Interstate to Airport Road.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors set up the first regular meeting of July in the fire hall expecting a large audience. Instead, the crowd was sparse, but the meeting with Jaindl-Watson’s development team proved to be helpful.
At Allen Township Planning Commission’s June 18 meeting, the commission members forwarded a list of changes they negotiated with the developer and asked the supervisors for guidance. The meeting between Jaindl-Watson and the supervisors was set for July 10.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting July 11, township Manager Brent Green reported he received a request from Allen Township to hold a joint public meeting on the revisions to the Jaindl-Watson plan for warehouses along Seemsville Road. Changes to the plan put stormwater facilities and the new Seemsville Road in East Allen Township.
Chairman Roger Unangst objected to the meeting.
It appears as a minor entry on the project manager’s Gantt chart — “deliver beams.” However, it could be a fascinating experience.
Trumbull Corporation is the lead contractor for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project. The beams to support the roadway for the new bridge are 121 feet long.
Allen Township officials asked the drivers to make the move at night to reduce traffic congestion.
The lead driver made a logical argument that this is going to be a tough task in the daylight, let alone at night when the beams are lit up and the trucks are flanked by a police escort.