DEP OK’s culvert permit

Details aren't yet known, but there is movement on getting Heyburn Road reopened. Chadds Ford Township Manager Amanda Serock announced at the Aug. 2 Board of Supervisors' meeting that the state Department of Environmental Protection finally approved the emergency permit to repair a culvert.

The township applied for the permit last September, but Serock said last week that DEP didn't approve the request because the department felt there was no emergency. The culvert failed last week, and a portion of northbound Heyburn near Route 1 collapsed, forcing the road closed.

There's no timetable on when the work will begin, but the township is negotiating with several contractors. Engineer Mike Schneider said work would start on fabricating a new culvert after the contractor is selected. The fabrication could take up to a month, he said.

Serock said official detour signs would be posted with a timeframe once those details are known. It could be another two months before Heyburn Road reopens.

Other business

• In response to a question about traffic studies done in connection with the Shops at Ridge Road development in Concord Township, Chadds Ford solicitor Mike Maddren said there would be no follow up studies at this time because Chadds Ford was named as a defendant in the suit brought by Pettinaro Construction, the developer of the property.

Maddren explained that any traffic studies done by Chadds Ford now would be discoverable, meaning the results could be used as evidence against the township.

• Supervisors passed an amended zoning ordinance regarding cellular and wireless facilities. As part of the amendment, the township will allow — by conditional use — facilities to be built on Routes 1 and 202 and along Ridge and Smithbridge roads.

• The board appointed township resident Jennifer Panero to the Rachel Kohl Library Board.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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