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DEC. 27, 2012-JAN. 2, 2013 Your Local News 50 cents Northampton SD Holiday Performances The Home News PennDOT Announces Two Bridge School District Proactively Projects in Lehigh Twsp., Bangor The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began working yesterday to replace two structurally deficient bridges in Northampton County. They are located in Lehigh Township and in Bangor Borough. The contractor, Grace Industries of East Allen Twsp., will replace the existing mason arch Walnut Drive bridge over Indian Creek in Lehigh Township with a new concrete arch bridge. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 26, Walnut Drive will be closed and detoured between Beech and Dogwood Drives. The posted detour will route traffic on Pa. Rt. 248, Blue Mountain Drive and Elm Road. Motorists are advised to allow for extra time and use caution when traveling through the area. The $633,207 project is expected to be completed in November 2013, depending on weather. The Walnut Drive bridge was constructed in 1834, is 32 ft. long and 21 ft. wide. The new bridge will be 36 ft. long and 24 ft. wide, handling average daily traffic of 632 vehicles. Grace Industries will also replace the existing concrete T-beam Rt. 512/Main St. bridge over the Brush Meadow Creek in Bangor with a cast-in-place reinforced concrete, rigid frame bridge. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 26 Rt. 512 will be closed and detoured at the intersection with High St. and Erdman St. The posted detour will route traffic on Main St., Ridge Rd., Johnsonville Rd., and Rt. 512. There will also be a truck detour, which will use Rts. 191, 611 and 512. Again, motorists are advised to allow for extra time and use caution. This project, costing $1,060,360, is expected to be complete in August 2013, depending on the weather. The bridge was built in 1922, is 29 ft. long and 34 ft. wide. The new bridge will be 61 ft. long and 26 ft. wide, and has an average daily traffic volume of 8,790 vehicles, according to PennDOT officials from Engineering District 5. Keystone Cement Earns safety award The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety & Health Administration has awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Safety to Keystone Cement Company’s large quarry group. It was given for 31,094 employee hours worked without a lost workday injury at the Bath plant. INDEX: Holds Special Safety Session By MEG SCHELL The Home News In the aftermath of the tragic event that took place on Friday, Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, administrators of the Northampton Area School District on Tuesday, Dec. 18 invited parents, Northampton Borough police, and school safety staff to a safety meeting in the district’s administration building. An open discussion was monitored by Jeanette Gillil- 2013 Budget Ok’d in Lehigh Lehigh Township’s Board of Supervisors approved the 2013 budget at a meeting on Dec. 11. Supervisor Sandy Hopkins asked if it could be re-opened for a discussion on personnel and major equipment purchases in the next three months. She was told by Solicitor David Backenstoe that the budget can be reviewed with transfers made of unencumbered funds, but it can’t be re-opened. Police Chief Scott Fogel reported that cameras are being installed in the parking areas and cell block at the police station. He also announced that a prescription drug takeback day will be held on April 27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The board also approved paying $400 in awards to Lehigh Township firefighters. and, Assistant NASD Superintendent. Also in attendance was Joe Wilson, a retired lieutenant in the Pennsylvania State police, now working for the Upper Macungie Township Police Department. Wilson offered extensive experience in the areas of safety, building security and design, including how an aggressor thinks. The school district has in place a safety committee, replete with goals, schedules and issues. For example, a sub-committee has the ongoing responsibility of indoor air quality, workplace safety and police activity. Parents at the meeting voiced concerns about police presence at all NASD schools. Several school principals were also present to offer their first-hand account of experiences and pro-active steps, which have been taken and are being taken in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre of 20 elementary children and six adults at the school. Several local schools have recently exercised their lock down drill routine. Principals were instructed to review their actions for safety and to make sure they are solid with respect to implementation and feasibility of all safety policies and procedures. Police Safety Costs The issue of budgets came up, with the realization that right now additional police personnel for safety security is not budgeted. However, Northampton Borough Police Chief Ronald Morey said he already patrols the elementary, middle and and senior high schools located in his locale. Chief MoContinued on page 7 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS at Northampton Municpal Building show a horse and carriage as the borough moves forward. – Home News photo Taste of the Holidays......4 Senior Citizens...............8 Church .........................11 Gov. 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