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Lehigh Township News
From the Times News, Published November 27, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5 announced today a long-term lane restriction will be implemented on Route 248 west this Thursday due to a damaged concrete retaining wall in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The lane on Route 248 west will be restricted between Route 873 and Delaware Avenue. A recent inspection revealed damage to a 25-foot high section of the wall along the mountainside.

PennDOT has hired a contractor to make necessary repairs to the damaged wall, and for safety reasons the long-term lane restriction on PA 248 west will remain in place until the repairs are complete.

Work is scheduled to begin in late February/early March and at times will entail weeknight lane closures on 248 east and west between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. (during which time a single lane of Route 248 west traffic will be shifted onto Route 248 east to provide space for maneuvering equipment and materials).

Work will include removing loose dirt and installing retaining wall anchors into the bedrock behind the wall.

This section of Route 248 has an average daily traffic volume of 20,438 vehicles (9,881 vehicles on PA 248 west, 10,557 vehicles on Route 248 east).

H & K Group Inc. of Skippack, is the general contractor on the $986,222 emergency project that is expected to be complete by July 5.

Motorists can check 511PA before they travel for the latest conditions on PA 248, as well as on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

The 2019 Budget is available for inspction at the Township offices between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The budget is scheduled for adoption at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on December 11, 2018. The proposed budget relects the current millage rate of 5.7 mills.

The Lehigh Township Public Works Department begins its fall curbside leaf collection on Monday, November 5, 2018. In order to insure that the leaves and brush will be collected, they must be placed at the road edge by Monday, November 5, 2018. The Maintenace Department will be making a onetime pass on each of the Township roads. Please see schedule. Leaves only shall be raked to the shoulder of the road for pickup. Leaves shall be kept off of the roadways. Leaves shall also be free of sticks or other material.

Download our current leaf schedule and map

In addition to the collection of leaves, the Maintenance Department will also be doing a curbside collection of brush. Brush must be kept separate from leaf material. Brush shall be cutin lengths not to exceed 3 feet and bundled in a manner that will not exceed 15 pounds. This collection will follow the same schedule as the leaf collection.

The Public Works crew may refuse pickup if inappropriate material is found within the leaves or if the above guidelines are not followed.

For many years, Lehigh Township has been discussing replacement the existing 1958 Public Works Building with a larger, more modern facility. Over the past few months, a Building Committee has been diligently working on developing a design and rough cost estimate for a new facility. This will be an ongoing agenda item for the Board of Supervisor meetings as they continue to work towards moving this project forward. The information developed by the Building Committee.

Click here to view the information that the Building Committee has provided to the Board of Supervisors.

Please see attachment for information regarding the Spotted Lanterfly

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As many residents are aware, Lehigh Township participates with the First Regional Compost Authority for the disposal of yard waste. The Township’s facility is located across the street from the Maintenance Garage. Residents, at their convenience, are permitted to bring brush, hedge clippings, and leaves to the facility. The material is then transported to the First Regional Compost Facility on Weaversville Road and processed into mulch and compost which is then returned to the Township and made available to the residents for their use.

As a reminder to residents, this facility is only for the disposal of yard waste--acceptable items to be dropped off at this site are brush, hedge clippings, and leaves. Recently, there have been instances where unacceptable material, such as rock and metal have been mixed in with the yard waste. This type of material causes a significant amount of damage to the equipment that is used at the facility, resulting in expensive repairs. These costly repairs will unfortunately be eventually be passed on to all the users of the facility.

Everyone needs to be mindful of what they are bringing to the site. Please make sure the material that is brought to the site is free of rocks and stones. The facility is not meant for disposal of household waste. Your cooperation is appreciated.

All residents, please be reminded that if you have an emergency that requires an immediate response from the Police, Fire or Ambulance, call 911 or 610-317-0808 not the police department office number (*610-760-8800). *The PD number is not staffed 24 hours.

PennDOT's toll-free 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623) hotline connects callers directly to their respective county maintenance office. Callers should be specific in describing the location of the pothole, including the State Route and section number (found on small, white signs along roadways), the direction of travel and any other useful location information. Calling 1-800-FIX ROAD will result in prompt action and a telephone follow-up if the caller leaves their name and telephone number. Customers can use the hotline number for any reason including: Animal carcass removal, brush and tree removal, shoulder and drainage concerns, signage issues, other maitenance needs, information, complaints and complaints.

Did you know that Lehigh Township is a recycling mandated community? The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires Lehigh Township residents and businesses to recycle glass, plastics, aluminum, newspapers and yard waste (leaves, branches, etc.).

The Municipality of Lehigh Township will accept yard waste only. All Lehigh Township residents may drop off unbagged leaves, tree branches and hedge clipplings. The tree branches must be cut into 8 foot lengths and shall not be larger than 6 inches in diameter. Grass clippings are not accepted. The drop off site is located across the street from the municipal garage. The operating hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. If you are dropping off at any other time than what is listed, please call (610) 767-6771, extension 19 and leave your name, phone number, date and time you will be at the site and items you will be dropping.

Blue recycling bins can be purchased at the Municipal Building for $7.50.


Lehigh Township is located along the western border of Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Lehigh is bordered by the Borough of Walnutport to the west, Moore Township to the east, Lower Towamensing Township to the north and Allen and North Whitehall Townships, to the south.

Lehigh Township was surveyed in 1735 by orders of Thomas Penn. It was proposed that 6,500 acres be set aside for Native Americans, but the land became a settlement of immigrants instead. Before October 1752, when the township was officially created, the area had been called Adjacents to Allen, which probably refers to adjacent Allen Township. Although some residents wanted the name Seimsy after an early Moravian Indian covert named Seim, the county court opted for the name Lehigh Township instead. For more history please visit the Lehigh Township Historical Society.

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With a population of over 10,000 today, Lehigh Township is a thriving community for both families and business. Please feel free to browse our website and don't hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

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