Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bucks boat-access project to be funded in Bristol

BUCKS COUNTY

More money for

Bristol river project

DOYLESTOWN The Bucks County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the spending of $520,000 needed to kick-start construction of a boat-access project on the Delaware River that is aimed at bringing more traffic to Bristol Borough.

The project includes floating docks that will allow boaters to make a stop in Bristol and enjoy its shops, restaurants, and bars. The money comes from the county's Open Space program, although Commissioner Charlie Martin noted before the vote that the project was really an economic-development effort for the borough.

The county has spent $1 million on the $5 million project, which is also being funded by state and federal grants. Martin noted the project has gone over budget.

"I thought we were being generous when we approved $480,000 last year, almost double the original [estimated] amount" the county wanted to spend, he said. Still, Martin and his fellow commissioners approved the spending. - Ben Finley

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