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WARNING! Standing Water on #NewtownPA LDR Trail ADA Ramp!

On 16 August 2023 I sent an email to #NewtownPA township officials -- including the Township Manager, Engineer, Solicitor, and Supervisors -- about a standing water problem at one of the newly-constructed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps on Lower Dolington Road (LDR).

The email states: "The newly-constructed Lower Dolington Road (LDR) Trail included construction of ADA ramps to connect to crosswalks across LDR allowing access to the trail. At the south east corner of Stanford Dr and LDR, there is standing water that in the winter will [when this will be ice, not liquid water] present a hazard to anyone crossing at that location. The elderly and people with disabilities will be the most susceptible to slipping and falling. 


"It would be a shame if the township was sued."

johnmacknewtown's insight:


I hope that that this is on the "punch list" of items to be addressed before the township signs off on the construction of the trail.


UPDATE (8/29/23): The township released a LDR Trail project "Final Punchlist" based on the Township Engineer's field inspection conducted on August 23, 2023. Find the punchlist here...


I noticed a couple of things that may be confusing, including the repair of the ponding problem illustrated in this video:


Item #32: Stanford Drive SW Corner: Remove & Replace concrete sidewalk where water is ponding. [I would have said "SE corner of the intersection of LDR and Stanford Drive/Place"). I see some markings where the ponding is, so my guess is that the contractor knows which ADA ramp needs fixing.


According to the instructions given the contractor: "All (33) items shall be performed at the expense of Associated Paving Contractors, Inc. unless otherwise noted. Work must be completed by Friday, September 8, 2023. Failure to meet this deadline may result in the assessment of Engineering and Inspection fees and/or liquidated damages as outlined in the contract documents. Our firm [Remington-Vernick Engineering] will schedule a close-out inspection after the list has been completed. The Township, and its representing agencies, also reserve the right to review the project site prior to the close-out inspection regarding completion of current items and the documenting of additional items."


I hope to attend the close-out inspection.


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