The Milford Square Pike Bridge over the Unami Creek could be closed for the next year and a half while repairs are made by the county, Milford Township officials said Tuesday night. The bridge was closed May 28.
According to information about the project posted on Bucks County's website the bridge was closed due to "deterioration of the structure's concrete and foundation.
"County General Services' personnel are in the process of evaluating the structure to determine the necessary scope of repairs…A full detour route has been presented to PennDOT and will be implemented after approval by the state transportation agency. Temporary bridge closed signs will be installed until the full detour plan is approved and installed."
The county estimates that the bridge carries approximately 1,000 vehicles per day. It was originally constructed in 1924.
Also at Tuesday's supervisors meeting, officials discussed the ongoing problems with state roads that are in severe disrepair in the township. Township Road Master Dave Winkler particularly noted that conditions on Kumry Road are horrible and that the roadway is filled with potholes due to the harsh winter conditions and plowing.
"Kumry Road is in deplorable condition," Township Manager Jeffery Vey said on Wednesday, adding that in certain parts of the road, it is necessary to swerve into other traffic lanes to avoid severe potholes.
According to Vey, state Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) toured problematic state-owned roadways with a PennDOT representative about two weeks ago, but the agency's response has been minimal. Vey said there has been "some activity" on Kumry Road, for example some of the potholes in the worst sections have been filled; but those repairs have done little to improve conditions.
At the meeting, Supervisor Tom Courduff called PennDOT's response to repairs "unacceptable" and asked that a call be placed to Mensch's office requesting a resolution. Supervisor Charles Strunk agreed.
Vey said a meeting has been scheduled for June 11 between Mensch, local officials and PennDOT representatives.
"[Mensch] is trying to solve the problem," Vey said Wednesday.
In other news, officials approved plans for a pediatric dental practice to move into the Quaker Village Pointe Medical Center on Route 663. The township's zoning laws, require any person looking to open a medical practice to obtain special permission from the board of supervisors through a conditional use hearing.
Dr. Judith Samselski, owner of Building Blocks Pediatric Dentistry, is expanding her current practice on S. West End Boulevard, Quakertown, into the 2100-sq.-ft. space within the Quaker Village Pointe building.
Samselski's attorney, Justin Weaver, was available during the public hearing to go over any details and said, "We believe the practice is suitable for the area. Dr. Samselski believes she will see 30 patients or less per day, and with about 150 parking spots in the lot we don't foresee parking to be an issue."
Samselski met with the township's planning commission prior to Tuesday night's meeting and received a positive response. The pediatric dental practice will be the third tenant at the Milford location. The other tenants inlcude an architectural firm and a therapy office.
Officials agreed to approve the conditional use application, with township solicitor Terry Clemons advising that "the board further review the zoning ordinance in case this would come up again."
Officials also announced that the second June board of supervisors meeting is cancelled because of the Milford Fire Department's annual carnival June 17-21. The municipal building grounds on Krammes Road will hold the event.
The next scheduled board meeting is planned for July 1 at 7 p.m.