LIMERICK — If we have another punishing winter like the one we just weathered, the Limerick road crew will be ready.
They will be among the beneficiaries of the new $2 million public works building whose construction is now underway.
According to a press release issued by Township Manager Dan Kerr, the new 22,000 square-foot facility — which will be located behind the township building on Ridge Pike — will provide the Public Works Department a state of the art facility to meet the current and growing needs of the community.
“While planning for this project has been ongoing for the past few years, the harsh winter of this past season highlighted the need for this facility as our crew spent many long hours around the clock working to ensure the roads were safe for the motoring public,” Kerr wrote.
The new building, which was designed by Gorski Engineering, will provide efficient vehicle storage and repair areas, office space, and modern locker and temporary sleeping quarters for emergency situations, according to Kerr.
“This facility will serve the needs of our Public Works Department for many years and will ensure that they can operate at the highest level of efficiency and in the safest manner possible” Limerick Supervisor Tom Neafcy said.
In addition to being ready for weather emergencies, the new public works building will also help Limerick be ready for growth.
Limerick Township is the second largest municipality geographically within Montgomery County and maintains approximately 200 lane-miles year round.
Within the next few years an additional 20 lane-miles of roads will be added based on the growth of the community.
“Maintaining the public road network is a core Township service which is vital to both the residents and business community,” said Elaine DeWan, who chairs the board of supervisors.
With the continued growth of the township, the need to replace the outdated building has become a capital funding priority to enable the road crew to maintain the level of service to which the community has become accustomed, Kerr wrote.
Along with routine maintenance responsibilities, Limerick’s Public Works Department has completed many in-house construction projects relating to stormwater controls, curbing and sidewalks, repairs, and culvert reconstruction, Kerr wrote, adding that the new facility will help make that work even more efficient.
“Our crew is highly skilled and has saved this community thousands of dollars by not having to publically bid larger scale construction projects” Supervisor Joe St. Pedro, said in the press release.
Updates on this project will be posted periodically on the Township website at www.limerickpa.org.