The “Sesame Place” water tower is getting closer to the fall

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Demolition work on the historic Sesame Place water tower in Middletown is set to begin as soon as the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority has awarded the contract for the project to Skippack’s Haines & Kibblehouse Inc., the sole bidder.

The price offered for the work was $174,250.

BCWSA, which owns the tower, announced earlier this spring that it has not used the Sesame Street character-decorated tower since 1993 and visible from Route 1 Expressway and Interstate 95, now I-295. .

The 145ft tower, which could hold 2 million gallons of water, was replaced by towers near Neshaminy High School about five years ago because they are at a higher elevation and could exert gravity pressure higher on the water circulating in the system. BCWSA asked amusement park management if they wanted to acquire the tower, but the offer was declined.

Since then, the condition of the tower has deteriorated.

A Haines & Kibblehouse spokesperson said contract details were still being finalized.

The tower stands near Sesame Place and for decades was a large, colorful advertisement along the motorway, and a sign to motorists and their children that they were close to the Oxford Valley Road amusement park. News that it would be torn down sparked many memories of seeing the tower as it has become a landmark in Lower Bucks.

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