PennDOT slashes Rt. 926 bridge build to six months

$9 million project slated to start in Feb., 2017 By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times PennDOT now says it will only need six months of road closures to replace the Rt. 926 bridge over the Brandywine Creek. POCOPSON — Although it meant a year of delay while operational plans were revised, the new timeline to rebuild the bridge over the Brandywine Creek on Rt. 926 will need only six months of road...

926 bridge project delayed, but shortened

Construction now expected to start March, 2016; Rt. 52 traffic light confirmed By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The aging Route 926 bridge over the Brandywine will have to survive at least one more winter, as PennDOT announced Friday that construction on its replacement will not start until March, 2016 at the earliest. For those of you dreading the start of construction of the Route 926 bridge...

Sandy: the cleanup begins

This tree came down over Doe Run in East Marlborough, on powerlines, as local residents come out to inspect the damage. Numerous roadways across Chester County were closed early Tuesday due to flooding, trees down and power wires down. Power crews scramble to restore power to more than 50,000 homes without power Hurricane Sandy let much of Chester County off easy, but downed trees, closed roads...

Birmingham officials balk at new DEP regs

Supervisors unhappy with DEP’s call for some $322,000 in stormwater management projects By Nicole Brown, Staff Writer, The Times BIRMINGHAM — Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and possible adjustments to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) upset the townhip’s supervisors at the board meeting on Monday night. Representatives from VanDeMark...

Want to buy Indian grave, state-hospital buildings?

State offering 225-acre Embreeville complex ‘as is’  for minimum bid of $950,000 By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times With numerous buildings and 225 acres of land, the old site of the Embreeville State Hospital is up for bid — with bids opening at $950,000. If you have at least $950,000, the state has a deal: a 225-acre tract nestled in pastoral West Bradford and...

Legislature proposes fines for ignoring flood barriers

Local state rep.’s committee OKs fines as high as $500 for driving into flood waters By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Driving into flood waters like these — on roads with temporary barriers — might cost you a lot more than a stalled car and wet shoes. Proposed legislation calls for a fine as high as $500 for motorists who ignore barriers and get stuck. HARRISBURG — If you’ve...

Polar Plunge raises money, awareness

Annual BVA fundraiser is a frosty good time for local groups By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Snowflakes and frosty temperatures didn't stop hundreds of folks from enjoying a dip in the Brndywine, Saturday. EAST BRADFORD — It was a perfectly lovely February day. A gentle snow was falling, with the temperature hovering in the low 30s. While it was the kind of day most of us would...

Bridging a lack of fiscal logic

And, a great weekend to get off the couch and to remember By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Ah, nothing says fall in the Brandywine Valley like water rushing down the street, right? At this writing, the floodwaters have largely receded, but if you listen you can just make out the sound of teeth gnashing over the sound of rustling leaves. One group, increasingly ready to grab torches and...

Water, water everywhere. Again.

Flooding closes schools, Brandywine River Museum causes traffic headaches By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Thursday's flooding of the Brandywine as seen from the Lenape Bridge on Route 52 at the Pocopson-Birmingham border. The National Weather Service expects the Brandywine to crest sometime Thursday afternoon. If it seems like a bit of a deja vu experience, it’s because only...

Updated: Monday midday storm update

Irene certainly packed a punch, as thousands now cope with aftermath By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Although somewhat litered with debris, the Route 926 bridge over the Brandywine in Pocopson reopened Monday, as did US-1. A handful of roadways remain closed as flood waters continue to recede. UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. EDT — While it could have been a lot worse, Monday continued the process...