SINKING SPRING, Pa. — Federal funds are enabling Sinking Spring to move forward with the next phase of a major improvement project.
More than $1.8 million has been awarded to Sinking Spring in the form of a community project funding grant from the federal government.
“It’s actually a very important part because with the cost of construction and the market as it is today, we were short on funding,” Sinking Spring Borough Superintendent Mike Hart said.
The borough already had just over $2 million in financing for the project, the cost of which is estimated at approximately $3.5 million.
Phase 2 of this project, which is about to begin, will create a modern four-corner intersection. This will override what they describe as a turkey foot configuration that misaligns all routes connected to it.
“Colombia Ave. will turn and rise to Penn Ave and connect with a new signal and the whole nine yards,” Hart explains.
“This has been a problem and a need for decades in this community,” said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach.
The borough has two houses under construction which will be dismantled in the immediate future.
They’re going to award the construction bid on April 14 and say it takes about 210 days to complete this phase.
“There were a lot of headaches, a lot of hurdles that we had to jump through,” says Hart. “I’m so happy to finally be at this point where we can actually start moving some dirt and start showing residents progress on what we plan to do.”