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