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Sidewalk Work Nearing End on Bridge Street

Officials give Patch the timeline for finishing the multi-year project.

 

 

Sidewalk work is expected to be complete on Bridge Street by the end of 2013  Borough officials tell Patch. 

New Sidewalks are being installed from the 600 block to the 200 block with money from a federal grant. When finished there will be new sidewalks from the Bank Street on the north end to Nutt Road on the south end of the Bridge Street project.

Phoenixville Borough Project Manager Kelly Getzfread tells Patch the sidewalks should all be complete along Bridge street by the end of the year. She says the brick part of the sidewalk project in the 200 block of Bridge was completed in 2008 and the concrete work on the southern end of the project is being worked on right now.

Clint Weiler May 07, 2013 at 12:17 PM
What about the trees? Are they being replaced? It looks awful right now...
Bud Horenci May 07, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Step 1 in being new to an area.....learn where you are. We are the Borough of Phoenixville, and not a township and certainly not a Burough
LAD May 07, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Nearing an end it is only May and they are not going to done till the end of the year! That means messed up side walks till December !
Joe Smith May 07, 2013 at 04:25 PM
the houses on this block are worth less then the sidewalks in front of them
Ed Roper May 07, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I would hate to be you. Consumed by nothing but anger and ignorance.
harry finster May 07, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Clint, I could be wrong but the streetscapes project includes replacement of the trees that were removed just as they did on Bridge Street. It'll take a while but in years to come it should be even better.
David Dawson May 07, 2013 at 06:36 PM
OH,That Beautiful "SECTION 8 DOPE HOUSE" at the conner of Church & Bridge St.What a difference the sidewalk makes........
Bob Byrne (Editor) May 07, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Hi Bud, thanks for the warm welcome. Yep, you're right. I have made the corrections you so graciously pointed out.
Area Patch Reader May 08, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I think the real question is was this truly a "needed" project or just a local government cash grab under the guise of "improvement" that . With all the issues our town faces, was this really the best use of money, time, and resources?
Realist May 08, 2013 at 02:18 PM
95% of this project was funded by Grants. Specifically geared toward this type of project. This will probably increase the property value of the residences. Isn’t that beneficial for all of us?
Phoenixville Town Enjoyer May 08, 2013 at 02:53 PM
12 years ago I first began to work in downtown Phoenixville and it looked and felt so run down, so dirty, so not cared for! I have been watching the turn around since and I feel it was well needed----downtown is so cool now. wish my home town was able to turn things around like Phoenixville. I no longer work in Phoenixville but I am in the town at least 5 times a week :-)
Area Patch Reader May 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Do you think these "grants" came out of thin air? They are federal and state funds (i.e. OUR TAX DOLLARS). One of the downsides of Obama's stimulus program (which I supported) is that it put a ton of money "on the street" with a very quick deadline to spend it. As a result we got a lot of sidewalk work done, not just in Phoenixville but all over the region. How many times did you see streets closed down to put in crub cuts and wheel chair ramps on every single corner? How many towns put brick down to replace standard concrete for no apparent reason? While this created some jobs (for the connected contractors who got the bid), it seems like a waste of money when we have so many other infrastructure issues to deal with. The problem is that HUD wanted "shovel ready" projects to start ASAP and the easiest way to do that is with these kind of "easy" curb/street jobs.
Area Patch Reader May 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Yeah but be honest, you are there for the bars and food, not because there are blue light posts and bricks on the street. I'm all for improvement but let's keep it real.
harry finster May 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
APR, these "grants" are allocated for just such purposes. It's a nationwide program to improved the "Main Streets" of America because any downtown is the hub and center of each town. If our borough didn't receive the grant then someone else would have received the money. This main street improvement money is a staple program in every presidency regardless of Dem or Rep.
Realist May 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Do you really think without the vast improvements to the streetscapes people would be coming to Phoenixville? Let’s face it people judge a book by its cover. I doubt we would have such chains as Iron Hill without this type of upgrade. Maybe more business will come to Phoenixville because of it. (It would help if certain landlords would make their rentals more reasonable). Do you remember what a dump Bridge Street was before all of this started? Project like this vastly help the business’s of Phoenixville and in hand raise our property values.
Ed Roper May 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Are there better things to spend money on? Yes. Was this a waste of money in the long run? No.
David Curran May 08, 2013 at 06:06 PM
APR please note the Dogwood Fest, Blob Fest, Blues Fest, the Firebird, Xmas Parade, Celtic Fest and the Bike Races are not bars or restaurants. You do not have to get your "drink on" to appreciate Phoenixville.
harry finster May 08, 2013 at 06:22 PM
David, don't forget the First Friday events (not bar related) which is one of the best First Friday events in the region.
David Curran May 08, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Thanks ?. I would rank our towns activities with any town on the Mainline.
harry finster May 08, 2013 at 08:09 PM
David, I agree and I'll up that to say P'ville holds the best events of any small towns. I can't really think of one that has so many successful events that draw from all over the region and sometimes all over the country (ie Blobfest, Firebird etc). I say this while acknowledging we need to address empty store fronts, trash clean up, parking, loitering, etc but these are all issues that come with the territory of being a destination town.

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