NEWS

Norfolk Southern brings lights and bridge to Antrim

PAT FRIDGEN

Antrim Township supervisors upped the ante a little bit as they considered the impact of Norfolk Southern’s rail terminal on the township. At the May 15 meeting township administrator Brad Graham reported that NS had agreed to construct and pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Hykes Road and U.S. 11. A light was required based on results of a traffic impact study. The company is completing construction of an overpass on Hykes Road to divert traffic over the railroad tracks. It has already closed Milnor Road to thru traffic.

Graham said NS would dedicate the lights to Antrim but an agreement had to be clarified. NS proposed covering maintenance for 25 years. Supervisors James Byers, John Alleman, Pat Heraty, Rick Baer and Fred Young III favored in perpetuity.

The bridge would also be given to the township, but during construction, supervisors had expressed concern about the quality of compaction on the approaches. Graham consulted engineers, who said Antrim should get a five to 10 year warranty from NS, especially since the rail company did not document that the packing met PennDOT specifications. The supervisors preferred 20 years.

The board also authorized an agreement with Atapco on obtaining rights-of-way at exit 3 before improvements could begin. Atapco will front the funds in escrow, which Antrim will use to purchase any needed rights-of-way, and the easements will then be turned over to PennDOT.

Other business

The board approved purchases for Antrim Township Community Park. They included bleachers for $15,825; a tractor and 60-inch mower deck for $17,500; and a zero-turn mower with 72-inch mowing deck for $10,488.80; all through the COSTARS program.

Heraty mentioned that reservations for facilities at the park needed to be posted on-site, to avoid conflicts on who had the right to use a space. If confusion occurred after hours, residents had no one to call to verify who was granted usage. There had been an incident in which two softball teams thought they had reserved the same field at the same time.