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Supervisors OK #NewtownPA Creek Pedestrian Bridge Grant Application, BUT I Have Concerns

At the 25 October 2023 #NewtownPA Board of Supervisors meeting, I asked the township engineer some questions about the Local Share Account (LSA) Grant application, which requests $999,979.20 for the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Newtown Creek connecting the Borough and Township.

Specifically, I had several questions about funding, especially if the total amount of the grant if awarded is less than required to complete the project or if there are cost overruns.

When this proposal was first presented to the BOS in 2019, Mike Sellers, a member of the Newtown Creek Coalition, pointed out that the major portion of the real estate involved is in Newtown Township and consequently, Newtown would be responsible for the majority of any costs involved. For more on that, read “Newtown Creek Coalition Proposes a NEW Pedestrian Bridge to Supervisors”; LINK: https://www.johnmacknewtown.info/blog/?viewDetailed=201909210148

If there are any costs not covered by this and/or other grants, I would not be in favor of moving forward with the project unless we can find other sources of funding such as donations from local township businesses that would benefit from the increased foot traffic.

View the application: here: https://bit.ly/LSA_BridgeGrant_Application

 

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What's YOUR Opinion?

There are currently TWO #NewtownPA Creek pedestrian bridges proposed - one at Frost Lane and Edgeboro Road in the Borough connected to North Sycamore Street in the Township and one at the other end of town connecting the proposed Steeple View development in the Borough to Carl Sedia Park in the Township. 

 

The Newtown BOS already approved apply for a grant for the Frost Lane bridge (read more about that here). The Steeple View bridge is just a concept, but the developer has already asked in confidence for opinions from Newtown BOS members (read more about that here).

 

In general, how much are you in favor of/opposed to these proposed bridges?

 

 

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