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Public Information » E-Newsletter » E-Newsletter July 11

New Era, New Span --- Bridge Commission's E-Newsletter --- July 2011

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NO TOLL INCREASE on Tacony-Palmyra & Burlington-Bristol Bridges

Commission Introduces Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

For the eleventh consecutive year, Burlington County Bridge Commissioners announced that there would be no toll increase on its two toll bridges. The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to an aggressive bridge maintenance program and pledged to continue its economic development and tax-saving efforts that have already saved Burlington County taxpayers more than $14 million dollars.

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“The Commission is continuing to give our toll payers the financial break they need, now more than ever,” said Bridge Commission Chairman John Comegno.  “I’m proud to announce that once again, we’re not raising tolls—we remain the best bargain around.”

“We will continue to keep our bridges safe and provide property tax relief programs and initiatives for our residents,” he added, crediting the Commission’s administration and staff for controlling costs and making sacrifices needed to produce a nearly flat budget.

Vice-Chairman James Fattorini said, “The fact that the Commission has held tolls stable since 2000 is a testament to the Commission’s sound financial planning, and doing so while continually improving its historically significant bridges without compromising its assistance to our County’s taxpayers—that’s almost unheard of in this economy.”

The Commission’s $31 million dollar capital budget supports the Commission’s commitment to maintain the integrity and safety of its bridges, and includes the following:

  • complete replacement of the Riverside-Delanco Bridge deck,
  • complete replacement of electrical powerhouse at the Burlington-Bristol Bridge lift span, 
  • security & communications upgrade to both Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges that will incorporate smart technology, 
  • rehabilitation of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge operator’s tower and mechanical building (which controls the bridge’s lift span), 
  • safety enhancements to toll plaza and painting at both Commission bridges. 

Commissioner Troy E. Singleton echoed the Chairman’s remarks, adding, “I’m not only proud to stand with my fellow Commissioners and announce another year of no toll increases, but am equally pleased that our aggressive capital programs will continue to provide jobs for our citizens struggling to find work.”

The Burlington County Bridge Commission manages the Tacony-Palmyra and Burlington-Bristol Bridges, and through its economic development and improvement authority powers, assists Burlington County municipalities in economic development and community revitalization projects and extends pooled financing options to local governments and nonprofits in Burlington County. These initiatives have resulted in a savings of approximately $14 million dollars and more than $13 million dollars in grant monies for municipalities.

 

PCNP Hosts “Engineers of Tomorrow” Summer Camp

Elementary school children (grades 3-6) will be introduced to careers in all fields of engineering at this first-ever camp to be held Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th (9 AM to 12 noon).  This unique, interactive, hands-on camp will teach children how engineers are problem solvers, as they use problem-solving techniques throughout activities and skills.  The weeklong camp will teach teamwork, independent thinking, professionalism, and presentation delivery. 

 

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Micah Wenker, Pre- Engineering Instructor at BCIT, designed and will run the camp, which will cover various fields including civil, environmental, biomedical, and chemical engineering.  Cost is $115.00 for members and $155 for non-members.  For information, call (856) 829-1900, ext. 264.

Summer Camps Underway at PCNP

Although you may have missed them this year, do plan to sign up early next year!  This year PCNP’s camp offerings include Summer Photography Camp and Cove Campers Summer Day Camp.

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Summer Photography Camp featured three learning segments every day: (1) techniques of photography and digital camera operation, (2) hands-on camera use in the field, applying techniques learned in the park, the grounds around the EDC, even the sidewalk along the bridge, (3) review of their work in computer lab.  Christian Hochenberger, Photography Educator at Shawnee High School, designed and ran the camp, which was held June 27th - July 8th, 10 AM-2 PM. Eight 8 campers from grades 6- 8 participated.  Look for more information re: PCNP’s reception and “show” of the students’ work.  

5th Annual Cove Campers Summer Day Camp is designed to encourage children who already enjoy being outdoors and discovering new things to become even more in touch with nature so that they feel a sense of responsibility towards it.  Cove Campers learn about plant and animal life along and in the Delaware River as well as in the Park through activities such as Seining, Birding, Wetland exploration, Habitat design, Animal observations, and keeping an individual, daily journal.   Nature-related arts and crafts are part of each day, as well.  Weeklong camps were held July 11-15 and July 18-22, 9 AM-12 noon.

 

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