Road Program

Milling of Boot Road

2020 Road Program - Introduction

The Newtown Township Road Program is an extensive one this year, encompassing all of the Township Roads that are part of the sanitary sewer expansion project (well over 8 miles of roadway).  In addition, Newtown Township’s portions of Gradyville Road and White Horse Road, as well as Ellis Avenue (south of Bishop Hollow Road) and Troop Farm Road (between Guinevere and Route 252) are being done.  The refurbishment or replacement of almost 70 stormwater inlets and the installation of almost 2 miles of bicycle lanes are also part of the project.  


2020 Road Resurfacing Program

Note that at the April 13, 2020 meeting of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors, Glasgow, Inc. was awarded the contract as the lowest responsible bidder for the Base Bid and Alternate Bids 1A - 5A.

On May 14, 2020 PennDOT gave final approval for the project to proceed.  Glasgow, Inc. intends to begin work just after Memorial Day.  Although subject to change due to various conditions, please click
 here to read the most recent version of the Repaving Schedule (updated 7/6/20).  

     
     2020 Road Program - Primary Bid Documents.
     2020 Road Program - Roadway Location Map.
     2020 Road Program - Addendum 1.
     2020 Road Program - Addendum 2.
     2020 Road Program - Bidder Questions and Responses.
     2020 Road Program - Bids Received.

 2020 Inlet Repair and Replacement Program

Note that at the April 13, 2020 meeting of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors, JMC Contractors, Inc was awarded the contract as the lowest responsible bidder.

On April 28, 2020 PennDOT gave final approval for the project to proceed.  JMC Contractors intends to begin work before the end of May.  
  

     2020 Inlet Program - Primary Bid Documents.
     2020 Inlet Program - Addendum 1.
     2020 Inlet Program - Bidder Questions and Responses.
     2020 Inlet Program - Bids Received


Stormwater Inlet Repair Work

July 13, 2020 UPDATE

Final paving is nearing completion on Hunt Valley Circle and Hunt Valley Lane. Work continues in Florida Park following the plan as described in the previous update. Lastly, paving work continues on Troop Farm Road and Stoney Brook Blvd.

We anticipate posting a mid-week update as these three portions of the road resurfacing project progress.  


July 7, 2020 UPDATE

Beginning on Monday, July 6th, milling operations began on Stoney Brook Boulevard and Campus Boulevard.  At the same time, milling work was completed and paving work started on Hunt Valley Circle and Hunt Valley Lane. Work in these two areas will continue throughout the week.  Although subject to change due to various conditions, please click here to read the most recent version of the Repaving Schedule (updated 7/6/20).  

Update on Florida Park - The work in Florida Park was started the week of June 15th and continued with milling the week of June 22nd.  While most roads in the 2020 Road Program are being milled to a depth of 3.5", then having 2" of binder and 1.5" of wearing course installed, we knew that the roads in Florida Park did not have the base that would be used when building a road today.  The first roads there were constructed by the residents who lived there in the early 1900’s.  Knowing that the sanitary sewers had been installed beneath them and to give the best roads possible to the residents in Florida Park, the specifications called for a full-depth milling of 11.5", followed by a base of 8" of stone before the binder and wearing course were installed.

During the course of milling, areas of soft soil subgrade were encountered which did not provide a solid foundation and moved (or "pumped") when driven on.  Although one option was to simply keep going and hope for the best, the proper response was to stop work until the situation could be evaluated by a geotechnical engineer.  This was done, and a plan for the areas which had such an issue was developed, including performing an additional excavation, and installing a layer of ballast rolled by a 10-ton drum roller followed by a layer of tri-axial geogrid.  Stone will then be placed and graded until the 11.5" depth is achieved, and then the installation of base, binder and wearing course can take place.  

This plan was presented, evaluated and accepted, and the materials ordered. Glasgow anticipated being back in Florida Park to start work again by Friday of this week.  At that point it is hoped to be able to perform all base work, followed immediately by the binder and wearing course installation.  Although it was never anticipated to start work and then leave for such a duration, it was necessary to determine the most appropriate solution so that the roads which are rebuilt are the best possible.  It is frustrating for the residents there, for the contractor and for the Township as well, and we are grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding while this situation is remedied.     


July 2, 2020 UPDATE

The following contains the road and inlet project updates going into the Independence Day weekend.  The updated anticipated schedule has been posted above.

Inlet Project - The inlet project is nearing completion, with inlet work still scheduled to take place on Gradyville Road and the southern portion of Ellis Avenue.

Road Resurfacing Project - The roads in Echo Valley have been completed. Work on final paving of Troop Farm Road (from 252 to Guinevere) and on Dogwood Circle and Dogwood Place took place on Wednesday and should be completed on Thursday.  Milling work continues on Hunt Valley Circle and Hunt Valley Lane, and has also started on Stoney Brook Blvd.  The Township Engineer has evaluated the base design modifications in Florida Park, and as soon as all approvals are finalized and materials delivered the resurfacing work there can begin again. In the meantime the milled roads are being re-leveled and re-rolled to provide the best surface possible until the base and resurfacing work can begin again.


June 26, 2020 UPDATE

The following is an update on the road and inlet projects.  A new spreadsheet will be posted shortly - in the meantime, below is the anticipated schedule changes for today and the week of 6/29/20:


Inlet Project 
- Work will continue on Campus Boulevard on Friday and next week.  The inlet work itself has been completed, and now the pipe replacement is taking place.  The road will not be shut down, but flaggers will be utilized to get vehicles through the work zone.  Please anticipate possible delays.

Road Resurfacing Project - Work in Florida Park has been temporarily delayed while a base design adjustment is made.  The roads in Florida Park were receiving a special treatment during the road program due to the way they were originally constructed over 100 years ago.  They were to be milled deeper than usual and to have an entirely new base installed, followed by the 2" of binder course and 1.5" of wearing course that is being done with the majority of the road resurfacing project.  An area of the project was found to require a more substantial base installation that the rest of the roads, so while that design is being finalized the crew have gone to other portions of the road program so as not to lose time.  As soon as the base design is finalized they will be back to continue working in Florida Park.

The anticipated work areas for the next several days include (unless crews are able to return to Florida Park):

  • June 26th - Continue installation of top wearing course in Echo Valley
  • June 29th - Continue installation of top wearing course in Echo Valley, begin milling operations on Hunt Valley Lane and Circle
  • June 30th - Continue installation of top wearing course in Echo Valley, continue milling operations on Hunt Valley Lane and Circle
  • July 1st - Install binder course on Dogwood Lane and Place, continue milling operations on Hunt Valley Lane and Circle
  • July 2nd - Install wearing course at first portion of Troop Farm Road, Dogwood Lane and Dogwood Circle while continuing milling on Hunt Valley Lane and Circle


Previous Update of June 22, 2020

The road and inlet programs continue to go well.   Inlets continue to be installed ahead of road resurfacing work.  At present, inlet work is prepared to begin on Stoney Brook Blvd., having been finished in Echo Valley, Florida Park and Hunt Valley.

Road resurfacing has been completed on Boot Road, Springhouse Lane, Carriage Lane and Woolman Drive.  The roads in Echo Valley have been milled and the 2" binder is presently being installed.  Following the binder installation, the 1.5" wearing course will be installed, completing those roads.  This past week, crews have been milling and installing new base in Florida Park.  The milling operations have also gotten underway on Dogwood Lane and Dogwood Place as well as on Troop Farm Road.

Although subject to change due to various conditions, please click here to read the most recent version of the Repaving Schedule.    Remember that this massive road improvement project is scheduled to take until the end of Summer so please remain patient and be careful while travelling through work zones.