Whitehall Township will continue its rich tradition on Memorial Day, with the three township veterans organizations paying tribute to those who fought in past wars. A new ceremony will be held Monday with the dedication of a veterans memorial on the grounds of the municipal building on MacArthur Road. The site honors all veterans — those who served in war and during peace, at home and abroad, in the past and at present.
The Coplay-Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The 1930s-era span will be demolished and a new one erected during a construction project expected to take three years.
Northampton Borough Council learned of this official date at its May 4 meeting.
“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that, in all likelihood, the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the cement industry, with over 3,000 artifacts, photographs and hands-on exhibits, will open for the 2017 season this Sunday at 1401 Laubach Ave.
Observing its 21st anniversary, the museum, free to the public, will be open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 1-3 p.m., through September.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its meeting Monday night, granted conditional approval for Keystone Harley Davidson to put a motorcycle dealership and warehouse on an undeveloped tract on Eberhart Road at Seventh Street.
Lidl Grocery, a German-based chain, also is projected to have a store at the site, just north of Gilboy Ford on MacArthur Road.
Keystone Harley Davidson is the only such business in the township. More than three decades ago, there was a foreign-made motorcycle store north on MacArthur Road.
With Whitehall Township’s financial status in excellent shape — taking into account the township is embarking on constructing a first-ever emergency services building with the police station as the hub — Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said a secondary benefit will be a new road that could avoid traffic gridlock on MacArthur Road in the event the busy highway has to be shut down due to a serious accident.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Monday workshop meeting agreed, with a bit of hesitancy, to back a $5 motor registration fee proposal that is before Lehigh County Board of Commissioners — but not before stating its support must come with a “guarantee” the funds would go for road improvements.
Commissioners further stated the increase in the vehicle registration fee, which will yield the township $1.2 million, must be carried out on a per-capita basis.
From Egypt to Fullerton and Cementon to West Catasauqua — and areas in between, like Darktown — Whitehall Township’s streets and neighborhoods will soon appear much brighter at night.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has reported an upgrade in street lighting — state-of-the art LED lights along streets in the township.
The program began in 2016, with the Village Green, Rolling Hills and Pine Tree communities hooked up with the LED lights. Hozza’s 2017 proposed budget looks to spend approximately $1 million to convert the remaining township-owned streetlights to LED technology.
As the closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge nears, there is some good news for the joggers, walkers and bicyclists on the Ironton Rail Trail: Their travels will not be impeded when the demolition of the existing span and construction of a new one take place over the next three years.
IRT Oversight Commission Secretary Ray Bieak reported to the commission at a recent meeting at Coplay Borough Hall that he received assurance from Lehigh County that the trail underneath the bridge will not be affected by the project.
The official yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary in renaming Seventh Street Pike after General Douglas MacArthur began Monday night at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. read from the Feb. 9, 1942, minutes of the commissioners meeting dedicating the 7-mile-long road to MacArthur, who was then heading the United States’ war effort in the Pacific Theatre.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Monday night workshop expressed ongoing frustration regarding the continued dumping of fill daily into a huge quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates, prompting Commissioners President Phillips Armstrong to comment, “Our hands are tied behind our backs.” The company has a permit, issued by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, to dump regulated fill at the site.