The Lansdale Borough Public Works Committee met Wednesday night to discuss projects in varying stages throughout the community.
At the forefront of the committee’s agenda were the curb and sidewalk ordinance, as well as the PCTI grant for Wood and Vine Streets.
Both aim to make Lansdale more favorable for pedestrians.
Discrepancies over what constitutes “good” and “bad” conditions have brought the curb and sidewalk ordinance to a temporary standstill while officials clarify the parameters set forth by the federal government.
“There really isn’t enough clarity to protect both the borough and residents at the moment. We are trying to codify what is considered favorable and unfavorable since regulations are constantly changing,” said Councilman and Public Works Chair Denton Burnell.
New plans for the PCTI grant for Wood and Vine Streets would provide the throughway with a complete makeover without taking much, if any, land from local residents.
“The PCTI grant is really aiming to make the throughway more accessible for people walking. There will very little land taken from residents, inches if anything. The rest of the land needed to widen the area is owned by the borough,” said Burnell.
Though all work needed on the sewage systems along the proposed route have been completed, work cannot proceed on the PCTI project until issues concerning the right of way have been settled.
“PennDOT may allow us to continue working on drainage along the throughway,” stated Burnell, “however until the right of way issues have been resolved, no other work can begin.”
When work on the project finally commences, construction will be staged so as not to disturb traffic entirely.
The only major change the PCTI project will make on the community’s commute will happen at intersections that need to be realigned on Vine Street, Susquehanna Avenue and Derstine Avenue, according to Burnell.
“Really, the major goal of these two projects is to make the city more pedestrian friendly and to make the commute on that side of town easier,” Burnell said.