South Middleton supervisors accepted Thursday a proposal by Scott Akens of Akens Engineering Associates to close a portion of South Spring Garden Street for the installation of a quarry conveyor belt. The road is to close Feb. 18-24.
The board tabled the action last month because board president Bryan Gembusia said he first wanted Akens to check with the Carlisle and South Middleton school districts about school bus routes that potentially would be disrupted.
In May 2017, township supervisors approved a revised conditional use request by Union Quarries Inc. at 101 Bonnybrook Road for the construction of a new stone processing plant and internal access drive that will replace the company’s existing stone crusher. Under the revised plan, crushed stone product will be conveyed across the quarry for further processing and stockpiling through a tunnel beneath South Spring Garden Street instead of using public streets.
The 20-foot tunnel is intended to reduce neighborhood traffic delays and airborne dust caused by quarry transport trucks. The new stone crusher will be on the east side of South Spring Garden Street in the same area as the existing crusher.
“This is a big plus for the township. This is going to be a much safer situation with what you’re doing,” Faley told developers.
Akens said warning signs about the impending closure will be in place days in advance on both sides of the closure. Detour routes also will be posted.
“It’s very rare that something like this happens and the outcome is so good. The residents are happy and the township is happy,” Gembusia said.