Road work, new ordinances in Chadds Ford

PennDOT is going to be repairing some Chadds Ford roads this summer, but the work will be done at night to speed the process, Chadds Ford Township Manager Matt DiFilippo said.

He said PennDOT would be repaving Ridge, Ring and Harvey roads in September. Crews will begin work at 6:30 p.m. and go to 3:30 a.m. Any loud equipment, such as jackhammers, would be used at the start, not when people are getting ready for bed. DiFilippo said work can be done faster and costs less for PennDOT to do the work at night. The project is expected to take two to five nights for each road, depending on the weather.

DiFilippo’s announcement came during the July 25 Board of Supervisors’ meeting. During the meeting, supervisors held hearings for and later voted to enact two new ordinances for the township.

The Life Safety ordinance authorizes the fire marshal to inspect public buildings — commercial and nonresidential — for safety issues. It establishes inspection frequency, regulates certain hazards and establishes fees and penalties for enforcement.

Inspections include looking for the presence and operation of emergency equipment, emergency exits, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers and the proper storage of explosive and flammable materials. Fees will be set by supervisors’ resolutions. A fine of up to $1,000 per day may be levied against violators.

Another ordinance enacted establishes a new zoning district, the V-Village District. The ordinance affects business and residential properties in the village area of Route 1, Creek and Station Way roads. It sets up by-right and conditional uses.

Other business

• Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy said the board has sought help from state Rep. Stephen Barrar and state Sen. Tom Killion to keep Ridge Road open during the road widening process when the Pettinaro Co. begins work on the development of Shoppes at Ridge Road. It was learned during a pre-construction meeting that the road could be closed for up to a month.

In an email following the supervisors’ meeting, Murphy said, "We are against any such road closure and will continue to communicate our concerns to PennDOT."

• DiFilippo announced that the township has received a $1 million grant for the Walkable Chadds Ford project and that two more grants for a total of $750,000 are pending.

• Supervisors will be discussing the proposed update of the township’s Open Space Plan at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29. Documents related to the update will be posted to the township website before the end of July.

 

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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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