Upper Makefield Township
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Community Events
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Fall Native Plant Sale
September 11, 12 & 18, 19
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A premier selection of over 200 species of high-quality herbaceous and woody plants, ready for fall planting, will be offered for sale. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to help you choose the most suitable plants for your site and answer questions. Read about other events on BHWP's website
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, September 25
Quakertown Community Pool, Mill Street
Start your fall free of unwanted waste, and drop off household hazardous products and old computers at the Bucks County Planning Commission Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, September 25 at Quakertown Community Pool, Mill Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Register Now for Emergency Services Golf Outing

October 11
(Columbus Day)
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Pack up your clubs and come out for the Upper Makefield Emergency Services Golf Outing on October 11 at the Jericho National Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the township's fire company and police association.
All participants must be registered by October 1. Download a registration form here.

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As the summer ends, watch for detours as Eagle Road and Washington Crossing Bridge construction begins. A reminder, township offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. The Board of Supervisors will resume their normal meeting schedule in September meeting on Wednesdays, September 1 and 15.
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Riparian Grants Helping to Restore Stream Corridors
Retaining Wall on Hough's CreekIf you own land along the Houghs, Jericho, or Pidcock creeks corridors, you may be eligible for 100% grant funding to restore damage from tree removal, erosion, flooding, storms, deer over-browsing to riparian areas through the Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program.
Walt and Polly Jamison were the first township landowners to take advantage of the township's Riparian Grant Program since the fund was created in 2007. A $98,000 grant fully funded design and construction of a 100-foot retaining wall and planting of about 50 trees and 200 shrubs along a 300-foot stretch of Hough's Creek.
More Projects in the Works & Seeking Applications
The township has approved 5 grants to-date, 4 for Houghs Creek and 1 for Jericho Creek. Each project is in different stages, but at least one more should be completed by the end of the year.
Restoring and maintaining healthy stream corridors are important for all residents as they affect our water supply, prevent flooding, and more. The Board encourages all eligible landowners to apply for a grant.
If you own land within 200 feet from the bank on either side of the Houghs, Jericho, or Pidcock creeks that has been damaged, please call to the Planning & Zoning Department at 215-968-2868, to learn if you may qualify for 100% grant funding to restore the area. Before you call, find out more and download an application on our website under Preservation > Reforestation.
The next joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and EAC to review applications is September 15.
River Road Closed Sept. 5 for Duathlon

River Road will be closed from Washington Crossing Bridge to Taylorsville Road, on Sunday, September 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the 1st Annual Bucks County Duathlon and 1 Mile Fun Run. The event will benefit the Washington Crossing Visitors Center and Missy Flynn Fund. To learn more about the event, visit www.buckscountyduathlon.org.
Eagle Road under Construction through October
Construction preparations began last week on Eagle Road between Stoneybrook Road and Thompson Mill Road to:
  • Install storm sewers to reduce stormwater surface runoff and erosion.
  • Mill & Overlay 1.2 miles of Eagle Road.
  • Install Skid-Resistant pavement surface to maximize traction.
  • Pave 10 to 15 feet into existing stone driveways to minimize tracking of stone into Eagle Road.
Work should take about two months, finishing in mid-October. During construction, Eagle Road is only open to local traffic, trash trucks, emergency vehicles, postal vehicles, and school busses. All other traffic should follow the posted detour route.
The contractor, S & H Landscaping, will notify individual residents a day or two in advance of driveway repairs. If you have questions or concerns, please call Public Works Superintendent Bob Johnson at 215-968-3314.
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Washington Crossing Bridge Closed Through Late-September
The Washington Crossing Toll-Supported Bridge closed for repair on August 9 to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) stated the repairs should last no more than 46 days, allowing for reopening in late-September. 


A detour route is marked, but can also be downloaded from the DRJTBC website. For additional information about the bridge renovation project, please visit www.drjtbc.org and click on the Commission Projects tab.

Drive Safe, Kids Are Heading Back to School
As parents prep their children for school, adults prep for changing commutes. The Police Department reminds you to:
  • Watch for school zones and obey the speed limit. Children are unpredictable and may have difficulty gauging the distance and speed of an approaching car. 
  • Always stop for loading and unloading school buses. Not only is it dangerous to drive around school busses, it's against the law. Remember to stop when you are approaching the bus as well for children crossing the street.
  • Educate your children in street safety. Teaching children about traffic will help them protect themselves. Teach them the rules of getting on and off a school bus, staying on sidewalks (away from the road), and never getting in a car with a stranger.
  • Plan ahead for school traffic. Leave early for your destination, plan on extra time for congestion, and modify your route to avoid school zones and traffic.