Lansdale Wood-Vine Connector on Track for Sept. 18 Ribbon Cutting

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Aside from a walkthrough with PennDOT to finalize the project and the installation of decorative crosswalks at Wood and Courtland streets, the Wood-Vine Connector Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative project in Lansdale is finished and on target for a Sept. 18 ribbon cutting.

“It will be an evening scenario with a procession of classic vehicles,” said utilities director Jake Ziegler at last week’s public works committee meeting.

“The only other thing, construction-wise, is a section of Vine Street adjacent to borough hall where the sidewalk is not completed because the suring of the old borough hall walls is extending out into the sidewalk area,” Ziegler said. “There’s no way the sidewalk can be done there. From what I understand from (contractor) Gordon Baver on borough hall, he thinks that, if steel delivery is on track and stable, they will be taking down the sureing relatively soon.”

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Ziegler said the borough extended the grant on the PCTI project, but all grant money was spent.

“We’re into the part now where, like on any proje3ct, we always have more money that we have to spend versus the grant. Fortunately, on this one, last year, in the fall, we did get a $500,000 grant from PennDOT.”

Ziegler said that money was “found money” from the borough streetscape project.

“They gave the money for us to be used for road projects. With that funding, we should be well within overages we have out there,” Ziegler said.

Councilman Jack Hansen said the borough should “Call Ed,” referencing former Governor Ed Rendell.

“Tell him we’re spending his money. He’s the one that pushed for it,” Hansen said.

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