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Edgehill Road-Tyson Ave  Stormwater Project
and State Highway Renovation

   WHAT IS THE ISSUE ?   Edgehill Rd and Tyson Ave have been flooding for decades (officially the figure of 12 years is being used - but it has been said that 25 years or more ago was actually when the issue first reared its head)   The street is in disrepair with no curbs and sidewalks to safely walk. Myriad promises have been made to the residents that the road will be fixed  - for decades.   At one point the Commissioner indignantly defended his involvement saying  had hosted over  60 meetings . Perhaps he was unaware the residents didn't want 60 meetings  - one or two  followed by concrete action would have been sufficient. A portion of the roadway on the other side of the bridge was  fixed ( in 2009 or 10 & in 2013? ) but the Edgehill -Tyson section  of concern here was postponed from 2004 to 2012 - then to 2015 and now again to 2017 ( and possibly even later) . The residents have had enough. The dangerous road and  water inundated properties and houses  deprive them of their  rights to proper township services and to the enjoyment of their properties. 

 It should be noted that the general fund had over 13 million in it at the beginning of 2014 - and knowing where these funds are going is important. Also important is knowing how and why a project this dire has been let go this long and  knowing the names of the people, exactly, who are responsible for moving the project forward.  And the reasons they have not . 

A website to help you learn more can be found at https://www.facebook.com/edgehilltyson?fref=ts

 

As of 6-15   the Right of Way packets are being delivered at a meeting.  Once all the Rights of Way have been obtained the project can move forward.  There were great irregularities in the Right of Way process. A proposal first came from a company that our own solicitor previewed and then decided was not ideal -- and that his own firm could do better. So his firm took it over . The conflicts of interest that I see in these actions are multiple ----

    NEXT MEETING   6-25   EDGEHILL -TYSON MEETING  TO GET YOUR RIGHT OF WAY PACKET  6:30 PM at the Ardsley Community Center, 2828 Spear Ave    .Abington Township, the Solicitor’s Office, and PennDOT work to complete the right-of-way packets for the Edge Hill/Tyson Reconstruction Project. At the meeting they will  to distribute the completed packets .

Find more info at https://www.facebook.com/edgehilltyson?fref=ts

 

SIGN THE PETITION  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/edge-hill-tyson-reconstructi  

 

    GETTING CONNECTED Please connect in with Carl Franke    267- 975-9086
              There is ALSO  a Facebook Page where you also can network in , see pictures etc .
              Go to :  https://www.facebook.com/edgehilltyson

 

    SEE A SAMPLE OF THE PROBLEM IN VIDEO
                from  Oct 2014    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOMRvaI59kc

            

  MORE INFORMATION -  what happen previously ?

 
   Nov 18th - at the Ardsley Community Center  for an update and an explanation of how the project is moving forward . Residents are concerned that the date has, as of Oct 31st, been moved even further forward into 2018 citing the problems obtaining Rights of Way across properties. Resident Carl Franke can provide you with more details (see his info below)

10-31-14  The most recent news:  At the Oct 21st meeting it was established that  the funding for the Edgehill/Tyson reconstruction project  has been secured by PennDot ( and the Township already acknowledged the matching funds )  The next  meeting will be Nov 18th - at the Adsley Community Center  for an update and an explanation of how the project is moving forward . Residents are concerned that the date has, as of Oct 31st, been moved even further forward --- and is now possible 2018  . The process of obtaining right-of-way from the 220 homes impacted by the construction, which is estimated to take 3 years, is blamed for the 2018 start date and it is indicated in the letter that the date might move forward if right-of-ways can be quickly expedited. Simultaneously the Engineers will be completeing the final design, permit approvals  and utility coordination  over the next 12 months.   At the Nov 18th meeting, residents will try to learn why more people can't be assigned to getting the right-of-ways.

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 10-21-14  A meeting was held .As reported by Rep Dean:  

On Tuesday, October 21, at the meeting to discuss the Edge Hill Road/Tyson Avenue Project were Abington Township Manager Michael LeFevre, Abington Township Commissioners Dennis Zappone and Carol Gillespie, Abington Township Director of Engineering Mike Powers, as well as representatives from engineering firm Pennoni Assoc. Inc.,  PennDOT officials, Mark Koenig, Kathleen Joyce of my office, and me.

The goal of the meeting—as is the goal of this notice—is to get and communicate accurate information about the following:         Project timeline         Right-of-way acquisition process         Funding

 As a result of this meeting a few things were made clear: first, everyone involved is committed to moving this project forward as quickly and as efficiently as possible; second, this project is fully funded and committed to by both PennDOT and Abington Township; and third, that the design process is far enough along that Pennoni Assoc. Inc., in conjunction with Abington Township, can begin seeking waivers, easements, and right-of-way acquisitions from affected property owners.

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Please  let us know if you find a broken link . Send us the name of the link and the page it is on , and if we can reinstate it, we will.

 


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