Meadowbrook project update heard at Bethlehem town board meeting

Shafer said drainage pipes would be set underground along the banks of the Normanskill in order to keep the water table in the ground as low as possible. There are also plans to install two arched culvert pipes that are 36 inches high and three feet wide that cross the road that will serve both as drainage and a crossway for small animals, according to Shafer, as well as a large pond basin to catch excess runoff included on the site.

"So animals, if they feel comfortable and wanted to, can cross the road safely," Shafer said about the pipes running under the roadway.

Councilman Sam Messina asked Shafer if the pipes would be large enough for children to crawl into, citing a possible risk. Shafer responded that children could possibly climb into the pipes, but that they were standard sizes used in developments throughout the area.

Sidewalks were also brought up, with one resident questioning Shafer on what the plans called for, but a map including sidewalks for the project has yet to be completed and was not available at the meeting.

"The desire would be to get a sidewalk down Blessing Road down to the roundabout, where there's a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Normanskill," Cunningham said. "Eventually, you should be able to walk down to the Gold Key [restaurant] and even Price Chopper.""

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