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The Adopt-a-Road Program recently concluded its 6th year of service to the Township. Beginning in 2010, four organizations stepped forward to adopt Township roads to keep them free of litter. Please click HERE to read more.

The Public Works Department and Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will both open at their regular times on Monday, November 30, 2015. Thank you and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
11-24-2015: Motorists traveling on Interstate 81 north or south on the Thanksgiving holiday are being advised to be alert for significant traffic delays. Please click HERE to read more.

11-23-2015: PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please click HERE to read more.

11-23-2015: Northampton County/Lower Saucon Township road work starting November 30, 2015 through December 3, 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

11-23-2015: As Thanksgiving and the winter months approach us, PennDOT urges drivers to take steps now for a safe holiday travel period and winter season. Please click HERE to read more.

11-18-2015: Police and the PA Liquor Control Board are combining enforcement, education and smartphone technology to make this holiday season a safer one through "Operations Safe Holiday" and the SafeRider app. Please click HERE to read more.

Four students from Saucon Valley High School were appointed as candidates for the Junior Council Person Program at the November 18, 2015 Council meeting. Please click HERE to read more.

We are busy wrapping the last of the packages and hanging the lights, but the renovations are taking a little longer than expected. Hellertown Area Library patrons will have to wait to open your NEW LIBRARY present on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. No materials will be due and no fines will be assesed until December 14, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact

The Friends group is planning a December 14th Grand Reopening Christmas gathering to the public to officially open the new space.

The Silver Land Group, developer of the Silver Creek Country Club proposal, submitted the attached presentation to the Lower Saucon Township Council on October 7, 2015. Please click HERE to view the proposal and proposed ordinance language.

Please click HERE to view the draft zoning ordinance.

Please click HERE to view SALDO amendments for Silver Land Group.

A recent aerial video of Lower Saucon-Hellertown that was produced by Scott Krycia entitled "Over Saucon", has been posted on the front page of the Lower Saucon Township website. We appreciate Scott allowing us to use the video to show you the fall beauty of the Saucon Valley!

Regarding the PennEast Pipeline, the motion to FERC to intervene has been accepted for filing. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast Pipeline Project Certificate Application Filing Notice with FERC to construct, install, own, operate and maintain approximately 118-miles of the pipeline. Please click HERE to read more.

On October 15 and October 19, hear from impacted landowners and come and learn more about how the PennEast Pipeline could impact you. Please click HERE to see the flyer. Read the article on coalitions launching a campaign to educate and unite the PA Communities impacted by the PennEast Pipeline. Please click HERE to read the article.

PennEast Pipeline provided an updated map for the entire route on September 30, 2015 and indicated that the overall alignment of the route has been adjusted within the 400 foot survey corridor to avoid and/or minimize impacts to wetlands and water bodies, cultural resources, agricultural lands and other sensitive habitats. In addition, they indicated that there have also been adjustments to the project route due to the finalization of valve locations. To view this map, please click HERE.

PennEast Pipeline project update for September 2015. Please click HERE to read more. Click HERE to see the updated maps.

PennEast Pipeline project update for August 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast Pipeline route change through Lower Saucon Township July 2015. Please click HERE to read more.

Memo from Charles Elliott, regarding a brief update on the PennEast Pipeline project activities over the last sixty days. Please click HERE to read more.

Letter sent from Lower Saucon Township to FERC regarding the impact of the proposed PennEast Pipeline route on Bethlehem Authority Water Supply in Carbon County, PA. Please click HERE to read more.

08-12-2015: A coalition of concerned citizens against the pipeline and numerous other non-profit organizations are presenting "Stop PennEast Pipeline" march across the river. Click HERE for more information.

PennEast Pipeline Project Updated Route. Please click HERE to read more. Click HERE for the latest information on the PennEast Pipeline project.

There will be surveyors from Hatch Mott McDonald in the area of I-78 and Easton Road on Saturday, June 27, 2015 surveying the corridor along the highway and road only for the PennEast Pipeline project.

Supplemental comments to FERC from Lower Saucon Township regarding deficiencies and errors in PennEast Pipeline's response to scoping comments. Please click HERE to read more.

The latest PennEast Pipeline Project update from PennEast officials. Please click HERE to read more.

At the request of the Lower Saucon Township Council, Solicitor Charles Elliott was directed to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Please click HERE to read the letter.

Penn State Extension will be holding a workshop on June 10, 2015 "Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements". Please click HERE to read more.

Lower Saucon Township's submission to the U.S. Inspector General regarding selection of Tetra-Tech as 3rd party general contractor. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast engineers have revised and refined portions of the proposed route based on additional feedback from numerous stakeholders. Please click HERE to read more.

PennEast has filed a response to FERC regarding the scoping comments. Click HERE to view the document.

REMINDER - Today, Friday, February 27, 2015, is the deadline to file your comments to FERC.

The scoping comments on the PennEast Pipeline project have been filed. Please click HERE to see the scoping comments and click HERE to see the appendices to the comments.

Residents can submit comments and documents to FERC at through their eComment or their eFiling.

Lower Saucon Township Council approved Resolution No. 32-2015 at their January 21, 2015 Council meeting opposing the construction of the proposed PennEast Pipeline through Lower Saucon Township. Please click HERE to read the resolution

PennEast Pipeline continues to evaluate route options throughout FERC's review process. The interactive mapping tool was updated and reflects the survey corridor associated with the current preferred alternative route. Please click HERE to read the article and see the link to direct you to the revised interactive mapping tool.

Please click HERE to see PennEast Pipeline's revised pipeline map showing the Hellertown 12-02-14:
Please click HERE to see PennEast Pipeline's project overview of their project.

PennEast Pipeline provided various maps for Lower Saucon Township regarding the proposed pipeline. Click HERE to see the map of the Township showing the new route on the east side of SR33 and Lehigh River crossing. Click HERE to see the map of the Township with environmental features overlaid. Click HERE to see the map of the area showing any geological faults.

PennEast Pipeline Company has developed an interactive mapping tool to assist landowners, neighbors and community leaders. Click HERE to read the letter from Alisa Harris from PennEast Pipeline Company.

PennEast Pipeline Company invites you to their open houses to provide you with accurate information on the proposed pipeline. Click HERE to find out the date and where the open houses will take place.

Information on PennEast Pipeline Project pertaining to Lower Saucon Township. There are four sections to ther PowerPoint document. Click on each section. Section 1; Section 2; Section 3; Section 4.

On October 10th, PennEast provided the attached map of the proposed route through Lower Saucon Township. Click HERE to view the map.

Here are frequently asked questions about the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click HERE to view the FAQ's.

Included in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing were more specific maps showing the proposed route. Click HERE to view USGS Topographic Quadrangle Map of Lower Saucon Township.

The following message was received from the PennEast Pipe project representatives on October 8, 2014:

Dear Community Leader,
On October 7, 2014, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, submitted its formal request to initiate pre-filing review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The application is the first step in requesting FERC certificate approval for the proposed pipeline. PennEast Pipeline is not required to use the comprehensive, multi-step FERC pre-filing review process; however, PennEast chose to request pre-filing in order to work cooperatively with the FERC staff on the technical engineering and environmental aspects of the project before a formal application is submitted.

The pre-filing process creates the framework for the environmental analysis required of the location, design and permitting for construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline. Pre-filing also includes a formal structure for stakeholders along the proposed route to provide input and opinions regarding the proposed PennEast Pipeline.

If approved for the pre-filing process, FERC will assign the PennEast Pipeline Project a docket number (Note: FERC Docket Number: Click HERE and then click on "File List" to view documents submitted with filing) and PennEast will share the docket number through its website and news release. Once a docket number is assigned, FERC will accept public comment regarding the proposal. PennEast anticipates beginning the process of submitting project documents to FERC by the end of October and plans to complete pre-filing and file a formal application in spring 2015.

Alisa E. Harris
PennEast Pipeline
Government and Community Affairs.

PennDOT has an update on the Route 412 construction and completion of the project. Please click HERE to read more.

9-10-15: This is the latest update for Riverside Drive in Lower Saucon Township. PennDOT completed a constructability review this week. Please click HERE to read more.

7-01-15: Chris Taylor from Hanover Engineering, in accordance with direction from Lower Saucon Township, completed an investigation of a section of Riverside Drive, in the area known locally as the Narrows. Please click HERE to see the entire report.

6-25-15: A site meeting was conducted yesterday at State Route 2014/Riverside Drive (AKA Narrows) to discuss plans to excavate the roadway to see what is underneath to be able to come up with options for repairs. Please click HERE to read more.

06-12-15: Temporary Road Closure in Steel City - PennDOT annnounced the temporary closure of Riverside Drive in Steel City. Please click HERE to read the immediate release.

Comments have been submitted to DEP regarding the IESI Bethlehem Landfill's proposed Southeastern Realignment application. Please click HERE to view the Township Consultant's comments.

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credit: Scott Krycia


Saucon Township was originally established in 1742 as part of Bucks County. In 1752, county lines were changed, and the large township became part of Northampton County. It was divided into Upper and Lower Saucon in 1753. Both townships were part of Northampton County until 1812, when Upper Saucon became part of Lehigh County. At that time, the new Lower Saucon Township boasted about 200 sturdy inhabitants. Today, it has over 10,772 people and remains the oldest township in present-day Northampton County.

The township covers an area of 23.3 square miles, through which run 100 miles of public roads. It is recognized for its pastoral farmlands, tranquil woodlands, and gently rolling hills.

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