Instead of pursuing a public-private partnership, Abbottstown, Berwick Township, and a developer plan to work separately to preserve Kinneman Road, officials said.
At issue is an approximately quarter-mile stretch of Kinneman from U.S. Route 30 south to Lobell Road, where site preparation has begun for the Residence at the Bridges development, borough engineer Chad Clabaugh said previously.
Officials had hoped to seek road improvements in conjunction with the developer, but Abbottstown Borough Council members decided to terminate partnership efforts during their June meeting, borough Administrator David Bolton said.
The decision, made by consensus, stemmed from differences in rules under which municipalities and developers can seek bids for work, Bolton said.
The former, but not the latter, must comply with “prevailing wage” requirements that can increase project costs, he said.
More than 30 single-family homes are planned in the development, which is proceeding under township regulations, said Clabaugh, of the C.S. Davidson firm in Gettysburg.
The development is entirely in Berwick, and its main access is to be via Lobell, but Abbottstown officials are concerned about potential damage from heavy trucks to the eastern half of Kinneman, which the borough owns, Clabaugh said.
Clabaugh said he will be involved in negotiating vehicle weight limits and a bond to be posted by the developer to provide “financial security. If they damage the road, they’re going to fix it.”
The council authorized Clabaugh to video the road’s current condition in order to provide a comparison once work is complete, Bolton said.
The next step will be for the developer to seek a highway occupancy permit for the road, under which water and sewer lines are planned, Clabaugh said.
No council action is required to approve such a permit, he said.
An update is likely during the council’s July 18 meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the borough building, 241 High St., Clabaugh said.
In other road-related matters:
• Work on approximately 60 percent of the borough’s streets was proceeding under contracts awarded this spring, Bolton said.
York-based Stewart & Tate Construction has a $76,714 contract to seal cracks and provide surface treatment in some areas.
JVI Group has the $46,400 contract for milling and base repairs of streets needing more extensive maintenance.
Work should be complete “in a couple of weeks,” with no lengthy closings expected, Bolton said.
• The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was gearing up for paving connected to last year’s installation of a new bridge carrying Pa. Route 194 over Beaver Creek, Bolton said.
Plans called for resurfacing between the bridge and Short Cut Road with the exception of the borough square, he said.
Abbottstown Borough Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, which is located at 241 High St.