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NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County leaders agreed to front more than $500,000 to Plymouth Township Thursday to upgrade sewer infrastructure for a stretch of Ridge Pike as part of the ongoing Ridge Pike Improvement Project.

The project requires the relocation and construction of the sewer line under Ridge Pike between Belvoir and Chemical roads, according to the resolution that was presented during the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Per the reimbursement agreement between the county and municipality, the resolution states that organizers will handle the work “in accordance with the plans prepared by the township subject to inspection by Township, and to be completed to Township’s full and complete satisfaction.”

Plymouth Township officials will then “compensate the county for the full and total cost of all relocated, replaced, and improved sewer infrastructure,” the  resolution states.

The work is anticipated to cost $527,263, according to an estimate from Pennoni Associates, Inc.

"The final amount billed and due by the township to be determined and paid upon receipt of actual invoices from the County, but in no event shall the Township be responsible for payment in excess of the actual cost of the work," the resolution states.

Along with Matthew Edmond, transportation section chief for the Montgomery County Planning Commission other transportation stakeholders will hold an online webinar discussing the project next week.

Wednesday’s virtual meeting will cover the Ridge Pike’s School Lane to Belvoir Road stretch in Plymouth Township, according to a county spokesperson. Following a presentation, participants will have the opportunity to offer input and feedback to project team members.

The Ridge Pike Improvement Project will eventually fully reconstruct the Montgomery County thoroughfare between Norristown and Philadelphia, according to a county spokesperson. The initiative will focus on road widening and safety upgrades.

The Ridge Pike Improvement Project is part of the county’s comprehensive plan, with the overall goals of repairing existing infrastructure as well as enhancing safety and accessibility measures.

“The project will lessen congestion, improve safety, improve stormwater management, provide safe areas for pedestrians, and help keep the adjacent communities economically competitive,” a county spokesperson said in a statement.

The webinar will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and will be broadcast on Zoom. To register, visit the county’s planning commission website.

County officials authorized a series of contract awards and renewals Thursday, totaling more than $910,000.

Of the series of contracts that were approved, a $200,000 agreement with WEX Incorporated, of Portland, Maine, covering fuel card services for county-owned vehicles. The contract took effect retroactively on Jan. 1, and will remain valid until Dec. 31.

A $215,000 contract with American Monitoring Services Corporation of Edgartown, Massachusetts, was renewed for another year to provide electronic offender monitoring services for Montgomery County’s Adult Probation, according to the agreement.

A previously awarded agreement between the county’s human resources department and Trion Group, of King of Prussia, was also renewed. The $218,000 contract with the King of Prussia-based firm covered consulting services surrounding employee benefits.

In other business, Montgomery County Commissioners’ Vice Chairman Ken Lawrence Jr. reminded area residents of the month long programming events taking place during Black History Month.

“We haven’t been able to gather in person, but I think it’s important that these conversations are continuing to happen,” he said.

With “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” as this year’s theme, the forums have covered education, criminal justice and family and planning so far.

The discussions are broadcast via Zoom and streamed live on the county’s Health and Human Services Facebook page. Roughly 115 people have attended each panel, with community leaders and experts have served as panelists, according to Lawrence.

The final panel will discuss faith and community, and is set for 12-1:15 p.m. on Feb. 24. For more information, and to register, visit

The next Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 4.

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Rachel Ravina is a journalist covering news and lifestyle features in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Blue Bell and graduated from Penn State. She's also a news enthusiast who is passionate about covering topics people want to read.

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