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Years in the Works, Township Completes Intersection Safety Project

And approves a final change order lowering the contract price.

Drivers on Mountaintop Road have complained about not being able to see oncoming vehicles on Crim Road—but the work recently completed makes it possible to see and makes the intersection safer. Credit: John Patten
Drivers on Mountaintop Road have complained about not being able to see oncoming vehicles on Crim Road—but the work recently completed makes it possible to see and makes the intersection safer. Credit: John Patten
Bridgewater Township completed a project to make the five-way intersection at Mountaintop, Crim and Staffler roads safer for drivers—and ended the work at more than 5 percent below the contracted amount.

The Township Council approved a change order for the work at its meeting Monday, dropping the final contract price to $33,351. The work included improving the sight lines from Mountaintop Road, landscaping along Crim Road, and constructing a brick retaining wall along Crim Road. 

Township Administrator James Naples said the savings resulted from not having to pay for "crowd control"—road safety personnel—as the work was being done.  

"This has fixed what has bee a safety hazard, a sight hazard," Naples said.

The project has been a priority for Councilman Howard Norgalis, who thanked the administration for completing the work. 

"There are things we agonize over things for a long period of time and this is one of those things I really really feel good...seeing it come to fruition," he said.

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