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On Washington Crossing Bridge, Wrightstown Has Upper Makefield’s Back. What About #NewtownPA?

Resistance to a potential project that could see the Washington Crossing Toll-Supported Bridge transformed into a bigger, broader span is growing.

 

In an effort to protect the 119-year-old span, the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors is spearheading an effort to get the bridge placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The board also recently passed a resolution that raises concerns that a major bridge overhaul — creating a much wider modern span — would wreak havoc on the historic character of Washington Crossing Village and the National Park of the same name, exacerbate flooding, send traffic problems soaring and have hazardous impacts on the environment, including threatening endangered species.

 

Now, Wrightstown is rallying to Upper Makefield’s cause.

 

At a public meeting on Monday, the Wrightstown Board of Supervisors authorized signing a companion resolution to Upper Makefield’s.

 

The Wrightstown resolution raises the same worries about traffic, the environment and the destruction of historical character. It also says that less costly and impactful alternatives to bridge replacement should be considered, including making the span a one-way bridge controlled by traffic signals.

 

Wrightstown Supervisor Chairman Chester Pogonowski noted that Wrightstown, Upper Makefield and Newtown Township collaborate through a local zoning jointure to control development and ensure quality of life for residents.

 

“The three neighboring municipalities have worked hard to preserve open space and historic resources,” Pogonowski said. “It is important to ensure that these are not compromised by another agency’s desire to increase the movement of traffic back and forth across the Delaware River.”

 

johnmacknewtown's insight:

 

What About Newtown Township?

 

At its 10 April 2024 meeting, the Board of Supervisors was supposed to authorize the Township Solicitor to draft a Resolution opposing removal and replacement of the bridge, but that item was removed from the agenda at the last minute.

 

For background, listen to the discussion at the 25 March 2024 Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting.

 

UPDATE (4/24/24): Newtown BOS consensus supports Upper Makefield's opposition to this proposed project. More...

 

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