MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- As record-setting high temperatures baked Bucks County in July, one local municipality went a cooler direction – to snow and the winter season.
Middletown Township in Bucks County recently awarded a $2.53 million contract for projects to enhance its winter-weather operations like snow plowing, as well as installation of two new winter-operations buildings.
The approved contract, awarded to Scott Building Corp., meant a more than $230,000 savings to the township compared to a rejected first bid.
“The award for Phase 1A of the winter operations project will involve extensive work at the township public works complex on Veterans Highway (Route 413) ,” according to Middletown Engineer Isaac Kessler.
Kessler said project items include removal of the existing salt shed and fence, and installation of a new salt storage building, new brine building and new fence.
“Other work will include concrete curb and sidewalk replacement, asphalt mill and overlay, bollard installation and other accessories, water service and a new fire hydrant at the relocated winter operations area of the yard,” he said.
The project had been reevaluated and rebid after a first round of bids came in too high, a process that saved $232,815, according to Kessler. While even the new bid came in above the amount forecast in this year’s township budget, the supervisors decided to move forward after Kessler advised the cost would more than likely not get any lower with another bid.
The township’s dealing with the winter-weather operations ironically came during record hot July days in Bucks County, when the mercury hit in the mid- and high-90s. By comparison, the average July high temperature in Bucks County is 85.9 degrees, according to FactsByCity.com and its tabulation count.
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