Samples to be taken on Coleman Road

September 3, 2014
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A portion of road and guardrail gave way in front off 435 Coleman Road in Cecil Township. Order a Print
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Emily Petsko / Observer-Reporter
Several Cecil Township residents complained that Coleman Road, shown here, is more in need of repairs than another road the township has approved for work. Order a Print

CECIL – Cecil Township residents are pushing for costly repairs to be made to Coleman Road, which is collapsing along the edges in some sections.

Several residents complained about the road connecting Route 50 to Route 980 during a regular supervisors meeting Tuesday. The board passed a motion to take core samples along Coleman Road to determine if groundwater or another factor is causing problems.

Some edges of the road are cracked and caving in, and there are no guardrails to protect motorists from a steep drop. In April, a 20-foot section of the road collapsed and fell into the creek below, leaving a drop-off of about 18 feet and prompting emergency repairs.

Bob Bedner, who owns Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse on Coleman Road, said he is concerned about the safety of his customers, family and others who travel the road.

“It’s not a matter of pavement,” Bedner said. “The road is falling into the creek again. You’re going to have the same problem you had up the road a little further if something isn’t done.”

Patty D’Achille of Coleman Road said one section of the road that was repaired is caving in again.

“There’s no question it’s going to go over the hill, and it’s already been repaired twice,” D’Achille said. “How much money did we put into those two repairs already? We don’t have the money to fix it, but we keep putting Band-Aids on these open wounds.”

“We’ve been talking about it all year, and that’s it, it’s talk,” Ross Bedner, also of Coleman Road, said of discussions about repairs.

Extensive repairs to Coleman Road likely would cost more than $1 million. Supervisors Chairman Andy Schrader said the township needs to look at the cause of the damage and the cost of repairs before setting a date to fix Coleman Road.

“We have to look at everything,” he said.

Bill Bottorff, public works director, said he thinks groundwater underneath the road is contributing to the road caving in. The problem potentially could be fixed with drainage improvements, depending on the elevation of the bedrock and where water is coming from on the hillside.

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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