It's no secret that the Blackhorse Road project (performed under the former administration in 2015) cost almost 3 times what was originally quoted by the Roadmaster and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors at the time. The total came to about $205,000 and was supposed to be no more than $75,000. If you want to re-familiarize yourself with that abuse to the taxpayers, review the emails on my website. Dates are as follows:

24 July 2015, 26 July 2015, 4 December 2015, 13 December 2015, 18 January 2016, and  23 July 2016

West Vincent Township was asked by the residents of Blackhorse Rd to repave it. Simply mill and repave it. In 2015, the Roadmaster (and Chairman of the Board at that time) decided to perform the road work.  The West side (paved side) of Black Horse Rd is both partly in West Vincent and Upper Uwchlan and Upper Uwchlan considered paving their part at around the same time but actually did the job this year.

Upper Uwchlan is responsible for approximately 1600 ft (western half) of Black Horse Rd and their work was done exclusively by an outside contractor. No Road Crew assistance was required and the work was done in 1 day, with final cost $25,974.84.  That works at at $16 per linear foot.  Remember that.  $16 per foot.

West Vincent is responsible for approximately 1000 ft (eastern half) of Blackhorse Rd which was paved.  WV also added a drainage system, against the residents wishes, and which did not appear to be needed.  In doing the latter they created deep ditches which would be of some interest to anyone sliding into them on a slippery day. The repair work was performed in combination of the Township Road Crew and now former Roads Contractor DL Fleck, or their several variations of the name in order to avoid bonds, insurance, etc. Time to complete was 6 weeks and the final cost was near $205,000.  That was $205 per linear foot.

Imagine this is a quiz.  How much did UU pay?  Could it be that WV paid 12 times more per foot than UU?  Well of course, they got a better job, didn't they?  Yeah, right.  Notice the sign post on the right hand side of the road, just by the change in surface.

You can't read that teensy-weensy sign?

No surprise there.

Also notice the incomplete center finishing of the road.  WV side obviously. Normally there would be seam seal applied to prevent freezing water from cracking the surface but apparently the former roads contractor didn't consider it necessary.

Thankfully, starting at the beginning of 2016 with a new Administration, those days are over. Imagine how much further West Vincent tax dollars will now go to repair the roads properly.

Attached are
1. Bid requirements (MS-944)  2. Section of Upper Uwchlan minutes reflecting the award to bidder  3. Invoice for work performed by the Contractor.

Best Wishes

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