By Mark Abrams
RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (CBS) — Delaware County Council has decided to forego nearly all of the million dollars it receives from a state road maintenance fund and give it directly to the county’s 49 municipalities for pothole repairs.
Members of the Council (below) stood for photographers in a two-inch-deep, pizza-sized pothole at the corner of Thayer and Barker Streets in Ridley Park as they announced that an additional $250,000 from Penndot’s liquid fuels tax allocation will be made available for pothole repairs.
The county annually parcels out about $700,000 through grants for road and bridge projects being done in the municipalities.
Council chairman Thomas McGarrigle says the harsh winter prompted a decision to pass along nearly all of the funding the county receives, “to be able to apply to get four or five thousand dollars additional that can fix two or three, four streets (with) potholes around. It’s a huge help because their budgets have all been stretched with this winter.”
He says Council decided to call the additional funding program “Operation PAT,” or Pothole Assistance for Taxpayers.