Ways are still being sought to find a way to pay for the restoration of Paupack Street and Falls Avenue in the old Eddy neighborhood of Hawley Borough, both of which are ridden with potholes.
HAWLEY - Ways are still being sought to find a way to pay for the restoration of Paupack Street and Falls Avenue in the old Eddy neighborhood of Hawley Borough, both of which are ridden with potholes. Borough Council had hoped to find some help from the parent company of Eastern Propane, which makes constant use of these streets, with their heavy trucks.
At their May 9 meeting, Borough Council President Ann Monaghan reported that the company was not interested. Meanwhile the Borough will continue to look for grants, and may ask Palmyra Township (Pike County) if they would be able to assist.
Eastern Propane is located in Cromwelltown, the neighborhood on the other side of the county bridge from Falls Avenue, in Palmyra Township. These are the only public roads that in and out of Cromwelltown.
Duane Austin, a resident of Paupack Street, was back asking for a pothole update. She suggested that perhaps Eastern Propane could make use of the railroad, which passes right by the Eastern Propane property.
Monaghan related that the propane company was not pleased that the streets were not plowed wide enough this past winter for their vehicles.
Monaghan said the Borough is talking about placing a weight limit on these streets, to protect them from further damage. Solicitor Robert Bernathy said that the Borough has that authority under the Borough Code, although it would have to supported by studies regarding what weight limits are acceptable.
“They carry two or three tankers in an hour in the wintertime, all day long and night,” Austin said. “Why can’t they bring in it by rail? They used to bring coal by rail. The rails run right through their place.”
Mayor Kevin Hawk noted that the winding road connecting Ledges Hotel property and the Hawley Silk Mill up above, is an emergency access route in case Cromwelltown were flooded. Falls Avenue leads to Ledges Hotel.
Monaghan said that Council could still impose a weight limit on Paupack Street to protect the street, although it may impact the propane company.
“Weight limits don’t mean you can’t get in and out, you just can’t put a certain size truck on the road,” she said.
“You could still put a fuel truck, but maybe not a tanker,” Hawk said.
The Borough is also studying what would be needed to fund restoration of lower Church Street, which is also badly eroded, and continue it all the way down Paupack and Falls to the county bridge at Cromwelltown. Grant funding would be needed. The borough engineering firm, Kiley Associates, provided estimates.
Monaghan said that to do the core samples would be $1,844 for four samples, and $2,500 for eight samples. Depending on the paving process, the cost to do the whole job would range from approximately $195,000 to around $120,000.
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Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue. The office may be contacted at 570-226-9545.