Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Two parents, with the help of state Sen. Patrick M. Browne, R-16th, and the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), have successfully achieved a victory for teens with dyslexia. PennDOT has released an audio version of the Pennsylvania Drivers Manual.
By making the driver’s manual available in an audio form, Pennsylvania will allow potential drivers with dyslexia and other reading issues to access the driver manual in a way that takes into account their learning issues.
Coplay Road, which links Cementon to Coplay, has frustrated motorists for years because of its rough condition. In fact, motorists are speaking out more than ever since the closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge and the roadway’s use as a detour.
Good news: The road is on Whitehall Township’s radar for a much-needed makeover, according to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.
Hozza informed The Press Aug. 10 that the 2018 budget, which will be submitted to the board of commissioners for review and approval in the fall, will include repairs to Coplay Road.
“I don’t want anyone to get the impression that Coplay is dead just because the bridge closed,” said Ruben Santiago, who, along with his fiancé, Emily Alkhal, runs The Bacon Strip on North Second Street in Coplay.
The restaurant has a cadre of dedicated customers in town and in nearby communities, according to Santiago.
“We have customers in Catasauqua who come in here frequently. One of them had a health problem that kept her homebound, so we sent breakfast over,” he said. “We made a couple of trips to Phoebe while some customers were in rehab.”
Darryl Jenkins, of SSM Group, presented an update on Coplay’s Front Street project during Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority’s regular meeting Aug. 17. In his report, Jenkins asked for a payment of $151,668 to the contractor.
The project is plagued by poor soils and improper substrate.
“We added 1,060 cubic yards of soil to replace the poor soil we had,” he said. “To keep the surfaces solid, we added 2,120 tons of stone.”
There was damage after a portion of the line was repaired. The settling damage was repaired.