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Healthplex causing traffic “mayhem”

By Staff | Jul 22, 2020

MUNCY TOWNSHIP – Speeding continues to be a concern in Pennsdale as the construction of Geisinger Muncy brings additional traffic, said supervisors Wednesday, July 8.

“It’s creating mayhem,” said Thomas Schaech, supervisor. “The township has been in discussion with representatives from the Geisinger site, the building contractor and with (the state Department of Transportation). … We have had excellent cooperation from (project contractor) Glenn O. Hawbaker.”

The installation of new signs advertising reduced speed was anticipated for Thursday, July 16. Three different entrances and exits are used at the construction site, located on Route 220 near Interstate 180.

“We’re asking people to please slow down,” Schaech said. “Please have your situational awareness in high gear when you approach Middle Road from Hughesville heading westbound 220 and eastbound toward Drick Road for sudden stopping.”

More than 3,000 dump trucks will be carrying dirt to the area for future construction plans.

“We don’t want to see anyone suffer an injury or even property damage as a result of this increased activity,” he said.

In other traffic related concerns, Schaech said the speeding along Village Road, which runs in front of the municipal building, has recently accelerated.

The appropriate signage required for local police to use speed enforcement devices will be installed shortly, he said. These will hang in conjunction with the current speed limit signs.

“Apparently the signage did not mean much to many people, including commercial vehicles and private vehicles, said Schaech.

In other business, Weister Woods Road recently had milling added to its surface by road crews. PennDOT road projects provided that material to the township and further millings will be added to other roads as per the supervisors’ request.

Members present in addition to Schaech were Matthew Doyle and Gary Harmon.

The next Muncy Township Supervisors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m, Aug. 5, in the municipal building meeting room, 1922 Pond Road.