- Road Program
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 7/31/20).
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.
September 4, 2020 UPDATE
Line painting and the installation of bicycle lanes was able to start early, and by September 4th has been primarily completed. Some signage still needs to be installed and punch-list items addressed, but the 2020 road program has now been largely completed. It was a very large project this year, and we remain grateful to our contractors who performed the work and to our residents who remained patient throughout the road resurfacing and stormwater inlet work.
August 24, 2020 UPDATE
On Friday afternoon, August 21st, Glasgow, Inc. completed the paving on White Horse Road. Other than some punch-list items, the 2020 Road Program in Newtown Township has now been substantially completed.
Line painting is still technically scheduled to be done in early September, but efforts are being made to complete this final portion of the project earlier. Please watch for this work to be done on Gradyville Road, Campus Blvd, Stoney Brook Blvd., Troop Farm Road and White Horse Road. Follow the instructions of those who are there to guide you and be careful not to drive over freshly painted lines.
August 18, 2020 UPDATE
Final paving of Gradyville Road was completed on Tuesday morning, and all crews have moved back to finish Hunt Valley Circle and Hunt Valley Lane. By tomorrow they will be installing the 2" binder course on White Horse Road, followed by the final 1.5" wearing course.
Line striping work on Gradyville Road, Campus Blvd, Stoney Brook Blvd., Troop Farm Road and White Horse Road is now to be done all at one time, and they are scheduled to paint lines, crosswalks and bike lanes in early September. If they are able to do so sooner they will.
We are close to completing this very large repaving project of over 11 miles of roads and the repairing / replacing of almost 70 stormwater inlets. Remember in these last days of the road work to please remain patient and be careful while travelling through work zones.
August 10, 2020 UPDATE
The severe weather of last week caused some delay in the road work that had been scheduled, but crews are working to make up some of that lost time this week.
The Township roads in Florida Park have been completed, as has the portion of Ellis Avenue being repaved this year. Initial work has started on White Horse Road. Last week, the work on White Horse Road and the final paving completion of Hunt Valley Circle and Lane was unable to proceed due to the storms and due to downed wires. With crews having moved over to the other side of town, work will be completed in that area next week.
On Tuesday, milling and paving will continue on Gradyville Road. This portion of the road resurfacing work is anticipated to take all week. Those travelling through the area are reminded to follow all instructions and directions by the workers who are on site directing traffic. This is for your safety and for those doing the repaving work.
Finally, line striping was impossible to complete last week due to the rain. It is to be done as soon as the weather permits.
July 31, 2020 UPDATE
Paving work continues in Florida Park. Although intended to be completed by today, the weather prevented this, so the final wearing course installation should be completed early next week.
Milling work began on White Horse Road and Gradyville Road and will continue next week. Ellis Aveue and Gradyville Road paving is scheduled to be performed the week of August 3rd, with Gradyville Road continuing into the week of August 10th.
Paving of White Horse Road will take place the week of August 17th, with the remainder of Hunt Valley Circle and Hunt Valley Lane to be done at that time as well.
Line striping and bike lane installation was unable to be started on Friday due to the wet weather, and will be difficult next week as well for the same reason. It will be done on Campus Blvd., Stoney Brook Blvd. and Troop Farm Road as soon as the weather permits it to be scheduled.
July 28, 2020 UPDATE
Milling has been completed on the portion of Ellis Avenue being repaved this year (south of Bishop Hollow Road). Paving should begin on Wednesday or Thursday.
Milling has also started on Gradyville Road (between Bishop Hollow Road and Newtown Street Road / Route 252. A stormwater pipe at the intersection of Gradyville Road and Bishop Hollow Road is to be repaired by PennDOT this week - before final paving is done.
Base work in Florida Park was completed, and the majority of the 2" binder course has now been installed. The wearing (top) course of asphalt will be installed next and will hopefully be completed by the end of the week.
Line striping on Troop Farm Road / Stoney Brook Road / Campus Boulevard is to begin shortly. All materials were in except the green material utilized in the bicycle lanes. The center lines, crosswalks and other markings will be installed first, followed by the bicycle lanes if the green material is not yet in.
July 22, 2020 UPDATE
The base work in Florida Park has continued this week, to be followed next week by the binder course and finally the wearing course.
Final paving has been completed on Campus Blvd., Stoney Brook Blvd. and Troop Farm Road. Line striping will begin shortly, including the installation of bike lanes, cross walks and center lines, as well as the pavement markings around the circle.
Work will begin shortly on Gradyville Road, White Horse Road and the portion of Ellis Avenue south of Bishop Hollow Road.
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.