COVID-19 Update: Case numbers drop; Wolf relaxes some lockdown rules

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The worst may — may — be over in Pennsylvania and Chester County’s battle against COVID-19. New case numbers both statewide and locally appear to have at least plateaued, if not shown signs of slowing, prompting Gov. Tom Wolf to announce Monday the first small moves to relax the general shut down in the state. The state’s Liquor Control Board...

And so it begins: 926 bridge to close Feb. 13

PennDOT to start bridge replacement over Brandywine The official detour route for the bridge closing, from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. After a nearly two-decade wait, work is slated to finally begin on replacement of the Route 926 bridge over Brandywine Creek in Pocopson and Birmingham — with the bridge and nearby roadways closing on Feb. 13. The $8.6 million replacement project...

PennDOT announces road, lane closings

Spring means one thing on Pennsylvania’s roadways. Okay, two things: potholes and construction. While the former continues to be a concern in the Chester County area, the latter is starting up for the warm weather renovation season. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that there will be some road closures in the county in the coming weeks to accommodate utility...

E. Marlborough officials give OK on park bid process

If all needed permits are granted, Supervisors agree to start seeking construction bids this month Construction could start as soon as mid-September on the first phase of Unionville Park, including reworking the gravel parking lot behind the current Post Office. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — If a number of permits are granted in the coming weeks, the first phase of construction...

The evolution of building codes

Rules for safe building have their roots in ancient times By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Some may ask “why and when did building codes evolve?” Did it all start in the 1920s or later? Well, we need to go back to a time when a Babylonian emperor named Hammurabi enforced his own code called the Hammurabi code. This was around 1800 BC. His thinking was if a builder built...

Route 52/U.S. 1 work shifts to high gear

As roadway is moved and new intersections built, the disruption of traffic could play havoc locally. By P.J. D’Annunzio and Mike McGann, Staff Writers, UnionvilleTimes.com Signs like these may become common sights as roadways, such as Route 926, are likely to be closed for extended periods during the Route 52 realignment project. For area residents, it’s going to be a classic “good news-bad...