Public Works Director’s Report to the Board of Supervisors
for the Regular Meeting on February 5, 2018
LEED Gold Public Works Building: Engineering and Architectural design continues. Staff met with Keller Engineering and reviewed a draft site plan on 1/24/18. A LEED progress meeting was held on 1/24/18. Foundation borings were completed 1/30/18. The project should be out to bid by November.
Stormwater Fee Feasibility Study – Work continues. The 5th meeting of the stormwater advisory committee (SAC) will be held on 2/7/18 at noon here at the Township building. All documents provided to the SAC are available on the Township web page. The SAC continues to review the current level of service of stormwater services and discuss suggested future improvements to the program. A worksession with the BOS is scheduled for 2/8/18 at 5pm in the main meeting room of the Township building.
Arborist and Ferguson Township Tree Commission: The tree commission meets at 5:30pm on 2/12/18.
Maintenance Section: Work activities at this time of year include winter snow fighting operations, tree pruning for roadway clearance, inlet and pipe inspections, miscellaneous work orders, equipment repairs and maintenance.
Capital Projects Managed by the Engineering Section and planned for design and/or construction in 2018 include the following and total approximately 6 million dollars
Contract 2016-C11 ARLE - Performance Metrics - funded by the Automated Red Light Enforcement program, includes the engineering and construction of a system including hardware and software to improve traffic signal performance. In-house design has been delayed while evaluating the best method of communication from the controllers to the server. This project is to be bid in July.
Contract 2016-C19 Corl Street Signal Upgrades - funded in part with a Green Light Go (GLG) grant, this project is currently in design to upgrade pedestrian accommodations at this location. The project is expected to be bid by PennDOT in March.
Contract 2017-C17 Silvi Field Parking - Improvements to the complex, utilizing DCNR funding, include construction of a permeable paved driveway and ADA parking and path, an ADA accessible concrete pad under the pavilion, sidewalk, removal of existing sheds, and possibly an ADA accessible water fountain. The project is planned to be bid in February.
Contract 2017-C18 Haymarket Park Playground Improvements Work includes the replacement of an existing play structure. Staff will obtained quotes from certified playground installers for the installation. A purchase order was issued in January for equipment installation. Site work will be performed by FTPW.
Contract 2017-C20 Tudek Dog Park Parking Improvements - Work is complete except: seeding, mulching, and line painting. 4 trees will be installed by separate contract.
Contract 2018-C1 Sycamore - Chestnut - W. Gatesburg - Tadpole - Pine Hall – Myrtle All four road projects are in design and will be let together. Major elements of work include: cold in-place recycling, asphalt wearing course, and drainage and/or shoulder improvements. An open house is tentatively planned for 3/5/18. The contract is planned to be bid in March 2018.
Contract 2018-C2 Owens Drive Street Improvements- This project is in design for construction in 2018 including new asphalt pavement, replacing bituminous curb with new concrete curb, and construction of a new turn around/parking area at the terminus near the “Owens Drive Parklette”. An open house is tentatively planned for 3/5/18. The contract is planned to be bid in March 2018.
Contract 2018-C3 Teaberry Lane Sidewalk – Work includes, survey, design, and construction of a sidewalk from the driveway of Evergeen Townhomes to the bikepath along Blue Course Drive. An open house is tentatively planned for 3/5/18. The contract is planned to be bid in April/May 2018.
Contract 2018-C4 West Blade Rd Turnaround – 2018 work includes survey, design, right of way acquisition for a turn around.
Contract 2018-C5 Chestnut Ridge Pipe Lining & Road CMP lining – A contract will be let in 2018 to line sections of deteriorated corrugated metal storm pipe (CMP) based on a video inspection performed in 2017. Bid letting is planned for July 2018.
Contract 2018-C5a Camera Storm Pipes – Annually sections of the storm pipe system are inspected using video equipment in advance of planned repairs or replacement and as needed to inspect and clean pipe segments.
Contract 2018-C6 Curb and Ramp Upgrades - As required by the American with Disabilities Act, as roads are paved and microsurfaced, pedestrian facilities at intersections are evaluated and upgraded or reconstructed as required. This concrete contract is let every year.
Contract 2018-C7a Fuel Contract - Annually the Township bids gasoline and diesel for use by FTPD and FTPW. The contract will be advertised in March.
Contract 2017-C7b Street Signs and Supplies – Quotes or bids are obtained as needed every year.
Contract 2018-C7c Asphalt and Aggregate Contract - Annually the Township bids various asphalt mixes and aggregate types. The bid will be advertised in March.
Contract 2018-C8 Pavement Markings - Annually the Township solicits for bids for pavement markings and other municipalities piggyback on this contract. The bid is planned to be advertised late February.
Contract 2018-C9 Microsurfacing - This method of pavement preservation involving the placement of two courses of slurry and aggregate is bid annually and other municipalities piggyback on this contract. The bid will be advertised in April.
Contract 2018-C10 Sealcoating - Paths and Lots - Every year staff evaluates bikepath, parking lot, and basketball court conditions and prepares a contract for a double sealcoat application and line striping. The job will be advertised for bidding in April.
Contract 2018-C11 Pedestrian Push Button Upgrades - As in years past, the Township continues to upgrade pedestrian access at signalized intersections. Quotes are obtained by the Township Engineer for equipment and installation is done by a Road Foreman.
Contract 2018-C12 Traffic Signal LED Replacements - Each year the Township Engineer obtains quotes and purchases LEDs which are replaced at signalized intersections after approximately 7 years of service. Work is performed by FTPW.
Contract 2018-C13 Street Trees – This contract is currently out to bid for a bid opening on 2/27/18. The budget includes funding for approximately 80 replacement trees and 70 new trees.
Contract 2018-C14 Stump Removal - Those stumps that need to be removed in advance of replacement tree planting that are not dug out by FTPW will be removed by contract grinding.
Contract 2018-C15 Street Tree Pruning - Each year a contract for street tree pruning is prepared. Work begins no sooner than mid-November and usually carries over into the following year. For example, at the time of this writing, Cutting Edge Tree Professionals is trimming trees this winter for a contract awarded in October 2017. An effort is being made to trim street trees on a 7 year pruning cycle. The arborist identifies the pruning needs for each tree that may include shaping, crown thinning, clearance pruning, hazard removals. The arborist and FTPW prune and/or remove trees in the winter and as appropriate and as needed throughout the year to remove sight distance obstructions or hazards. Oaks should only be pruned in the winter months.
Contract 2018-C16 Tree Treatment - In accordance with 3 agreements with HOAs, certain ash street trees will be treated in 2018. The cost is shared with the HOA. The arborist will obtain quotes for the work.
Contract 2018-C17 Vehicle Detection Upgrade (GLG-3) – Utilizing Green Light Go (GLG) grant funding from round 3, vehicle detection at certain intersections will be upgraded from either loop sensors or video detection to more reliable radar detection.
Contract 2018-C18 MS4 Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) – the PRP will be formally submitted to the PaDEP with the MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer) permit renewal application. Subject to approval by PaDEP, design will start for certain improvements identified in the plan.
Contract 2018-C19 Transit Study Blue Course & N. Atherton – Staff will solicit an RFP for consultant professional services to evaluate pedestrian, bicycle, and other modes of travel in and around the intersection of Blue Course Drive and North Atherton Street.
Contract 2018-C20 Park Hills Drainage - Phase 1 Design – Engineering staff will manage the survey and design of channel improvements to Park Hills Drainageway.
Contract 2018-C21 Playground Safety & Upgrade Program – Staff will prepare a contract or obtain quotes to upgrade certain playground equipment identified as deficient.
Contract 2018-C22 Tudek Barn Roof/Doors Replacement Obtain quotes or prepare a contract to repair the barn roof and doors at the Tudek farm barn.
Contract 2018-C23 Guide Rail Repairs – obtain quotes or prepare a contract to repair guide rail as needed with capital road projects or to make repairs.
Contract 2018-C25 Sidewalk Repairs – each year the Engineering staff inspects a portion of the sidewalks in the Township and sends notices to property owners to make repairs as needed. In the event repairs are not made, the Township will contract the work and bill the property owner.
Contract 2018-C26 Old Gatesburg/Science Park Left Turn Phases – work includes the design, permitting, contracting, and installation of improvements for a left turn phase at Old Gatesburg Road and Science Park Road.
Contract 2018-C27 Topographic/Mapping Survey – Engineering staff obtains professional surveying services to assist with topographic mapping for use during the desing of some capital improvement projects.