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Middletown Township continuously invests its resources into projects that improve the infrastructure, safety, accessibility, functionality, and beauty of our community on a routine basis.  The information below contains updates and plans for several ongoing projects.

To see a full list of planned and future capital improvement projects, please view the Township's Capital Improvement Plan, available in our annual budget.

 

This project involves replacing the bridge that carries Brownsville Road over Neshaminy Creek. In order to do so, 0.07 acres of right-of-way and 0.08 acres of temporary construction access of Periwinkle Park are needed. The project will not affect activities, features, or attributes of Periwinkle Park. This project is anticipated to begin Summer 2022.

The project plans can be viewed here.

In March 2021, the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors appointed Dynamix Consulting Group to conduct a fire services study, assessing the delivery of fire services to the community.  Through the spring and summer, the consultants have been working with the Township's four volunteer fire companies and staff to create the assessment and craft recommended ways to improve service delivery.

The study findings will be presented to the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors on Monday, September 20, 2021.  The study document will be made available following this presentation.

A pedestrian bridge creating access between the Snowball Gate and Forsythia Gate sections of Levittown was replaced in July 2021.  The replacement bridge is a prefabricated bridge that was installed at the location of the existing bridge.  This bridge is wider to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements.  A picture of this bridge is below.  Ramps are being built to connect the bridge on either side to the walkways.  This bridge is expected to be open to foot traffic this fall.

Footbridge-New-2021-Snowball-Forsythia.jpeg

Middletown Township has a multi-year ADA Curb Ramp Program representing our commitment to bringing neighborhood pedestrian accessibility up to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  ADA ramps are typically installed at the ends of a segment of sidewalk allowing someone to more easily navigate between sidewalks and across roadways.  When possible, the Township tries to install ADA ramps before a road is repaved.

The 2021 ADA Curb Ramp Program was awarded to James D. Morrissey as part of the 2021 Road Improvement Program.  The 2021 program will install ramps in Georgetown, Idlewood, Fairways, and Golf Club Drive.  A total of 116 handicap ramps are slated to be installed in 2021.  Ramps will be installed in the Summer of 2021 prior to roads in these developments being repaved.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will also be installing ADA curb ramps on select state roads through 2023.

In August 2020, Middletown Township's Langhorne Gables Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Project was awarded a $275,000 state grant.  This grant fund major drainage improvements in the Langhorne Gables neighborhood by replacing storm sewer infrastructure.  This project is began in the fall of 2020 and will continue into 2022.

Middletown Township has been working for several years with PennDOT to bring major improvements to Langhorne-Yardley Road. The project will include improvements at the Langhorne-Yardley Road intersections with Bridgetown Pike and Woodbourne Road, spanning the southern boundary of Core Creek Park. The plan overview can be viewed here. 

A public presentation was made on this project on July 20, 2020, which can be viewed here.

BRIDGETOWN PIKE INTERSECTION
At the Bridgetown Pike intersection with Langhorne-Yardley Road, a traffic circle is proposed in place of the existing "Y" shaped signalized intersection. Traffic circles naturally calm traffic by reducing speeds while maintaining consistent flow from all directions and during peak and non-peak traffic times.  This plan includes significant pedestrian improvements, including a planned connection to the Bridgetown Pike entrance to Core Creek Park.  The plans to improve this intersection can be viewed here.

WOODBOURNE ROAD INTERSECTION
At the Woodbourne Road intersection, Woodbourne Road will be reoriented to create a
wider, realigned approach on the north side of the intersection. The Woodbourne Road and Langhorne-Yardley Road intersection will also have dedicated left-turn lanes on all four sides.  This plan includes improvements for pedestrian access and crossing.  The plans to improve this intersection can be viewed here.

These improvements are made possible with township, county, state, and federal funds. More than a dozen agencies in all levels of government have been involved to bring this project to fruition. Middletown Township's involvement has accelerated the project timeline by several years. The estimated completion date for these
improvements is in 2023.  Traffic Planning & Design, the Township's traffic engineer, is completing the
work for the Township.

Beginning in 2019, the Neighborhood Sign Program is bringing a fresh look to neighborhoods throughout our community.  Many neighborhoods in our community are referred to by their development name.  Several neighborhoods had signs indicating these names, some of which were more than fifty years old.  The Neighborhood Sign Program is a multi-year beautification project aimed at providing a fresh, cohesive visual identity to the neighborhoods of Middletown Township.

Phase 1 of the program concluded in 2019, and saw the replacement of approximately 45 green signs.  All neighborhood signs standing at the time of the program were replaced.  The Middletown Township Department of Public Works installed each sign to reduce project costs.

Phase 2 of the program is underway in 2021, and will add 50 new signs at many previously unmarked neighborhood entrances.  Existing maroon and green signs in Forsythia Gate and Highland Park will also be replaced.  Signs at most Township parks will also be replaced.

The new signs are made of solid high-density urethane, finished with automotive paint and reflective lettering.  Breakaway posts are an added safety and durability feature.  The neighborhood signs were designed by Middletown Township's own Terry McCloskey.

For more information about the Neighborhood Sign Program, please contact Nick Valla.

Photo of Neighborhood sign at Sycamore Ridge

Middletown Township's Road Improvement Program is a fourteen-year plan to repave more than 100 miles of Township-owned roads in the community.  Damaged and worn roads can cause safety hazards and additional risk to vehicle maintenance. It is important to keep road repaving on schedule because delays cause additional wear to roads, making them more expensive to fix and maintain over longer periods of time.

The ninth year of the Road Improvement Program was recently authorized by the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors, which will repave 5.4 miles of Township-owned roads. Roads will be paved in Georgetown, the Fairways, Windybush, and portions of Parkland. In addition, these neighborhoods will see the construction of many curb ramps constructed as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Curb ramps will also be constructed in the Idlewood neighborhood and at Upper Orchard Park.

The contract to complete this work was awarded to JD Morrissey, Inc., for $1.59 million. The Township solicits bids for repaving several miles of Township roads each year. Soliciting bids from contractors allows the Township to find a competitive rate from various businesses, while avoiding overhead costs such as equipment and seasonal personnel. Also included with this bid are several basin retrofits, which includes the creation, repair, and expansion of a riparian buffer areas near stormwater basins. Basins are a vital component to the Township's stormwater management efforts, as they are some of the many areas utilized to collect stormwater. Adding more plants and vegetations creates a buffer zone between the source and destination of stormwater, which allows it to slow down and reduce the potential for pollutants to flow into our basins.

The full list of roads (all or in part) to be paved include:

  • Beechwood Avenue
  • Bromley Way
  • Canton Lane
  • Carter Avenue
  • Concord Place
  • Danby Lane
  • Golf Club Drive
  • Hampton Court
  • Hampton Drive
  • Healy Court
  • Healy Way
  • Pleasant Avenue
  • Poplar Street
  • Rising Sun Avenue
  • Russel Avenue
  • Shelton Lane
  • Tollgate Road
  • Virginia Avenue
  • Walsh Avenue
  • Wistar Road
In addition to these roads, PennDOT is busy throughout the area repaving state-owned roads.
 
Construction is expected to be completed by the fall.  Please follow posted signage as crews perform work.

At 18 acres, Twin Oaks Park is Middletown Township's second-largest park, making it a major destination and serving as home to the Middletown Athletic Association (MAA). Starting out as Levittown Western in the 1950's and becoming MAA in the late 1960's, they have offered baseball, softball, soccer, and adult softball to our community for decades.

For over 30 years, Twin Oaks Park had a high-pressure sodium lighting system; currently, about 25% of the bulbs are inoperable. The new Musco LED Lighting system will properly light and rejuvenate field number 3, known locally as the "Babe Ruth Field". In April 2021, Middletown's Board of Supervisors awarded the work to Armour & Son's.

The project will include new poles, which will allow for lighting on the MAA batting cage and the parking lot. "This project is a huge improvement; this field is currently not lit for nighttime baseball. This lighting upgrade will make the players and the community very happy: more players will be using the field more often and the businesses in the area will also benefit from more people being in the area," said Paul Kopera, Parks & Recreation Director.

The biggest benefit of the new LED lighting system is the community will be able to have multi sporting events all year long. This will also allow the community and MAA an opportunity to host state-wide and national Little League events, if they chose. The new LED light system will require minimal maintenance, use less electricity, and provide remote access to control the lighting, allowing the Parks & Recreation Department to access the system 24/7. Currently, none of the lights at Twin Oaks Park are controlled remotely. Each field has to be turned on and off manually. The new lighting system comes with a 25-year warranty.

Despite increased usage in the future and improved lighting coverage, the efficiency of LEDs will keep utility costs at or below current levels. The total cost of the project was $470,000, which over the 25-year warranty of the equipment averages out to an annual cost of $18,800 per year.

The project is expected to be completed by Fall 2021 . At that time, the field will be lit properly for both baseball and soccer to be played.