No thanks to a tumultuous winter season, one of the largest capital improvement projects in recent years for Chester Township has been put on hold with no definite schedule for a date to resume.
In 2013, an agreement between Washington Township and Chester Township – with the financial aid of the Department of Environmental Protection – was made that would extend a water line down Parker Road in both municipalities, serving 70 properties with public water.
The water line extended on Parker Road from the southern portion of Washington Township all the way out to Route 24 in Chester Township, and had a price tag of more than $7 million.
But a winter that saw several feet of snow blanket the area over the course of two months seemed to shut the faucet on the project, leaving some properties without the new water resource, and a roadway in shambles.
Still remaining in the project is the connection of approximately 11 properties, including the Chester Township Municipal Building, according to Sarah Jane Noll, planning and zoning administrator.
The water line still needs to be inserted in the Route 24 portion of the project, and a chlorination building on Parker Road is yet to be completed, Noll said. Workers were sent home over a month ago and have not resumed. Meetings to establish a restart date were even canceled due to weather.
An original schedule slated the project to be complete in January, with a topcoat of pavement being spread in March or April once the threat of snow had cleared.
When a decision is made to restart the project, it will be made known to the public.
Editor's note: For clarification, the project has not been stopped altogether. It will likely resume in the spring.