Wyalusing Township Supervisors discuss potentially unsafe road
WYALUSING - Wyalusing Township supervisors met Tuesday for their monthly public meeting and discussed some concerns about road safety in the wake of a fatal car accident that occurred on Turkey Path Road in October.
According to Township Engineer Herb Gery, a truck detour is currently in place due to the deteriorating condition of a bridge located on State Route 706, which has forced PennDOT to post weight restrictions on the road.
To bypass this, heavy trucks are routed on back roads, one of which is Turkey Path Road, the location of a fatal accident that took place in early October when a truck overturned on a winding, downhill section of asphalt.
Supervisor Marvin Meteer said it is time for PennDOT to look closely at the detour and suggested reduced speed limits for the downhill portion of road.
"There have been letters written before the accident and I think now it's time for PennDOT to look closely at this road," he said.
Meteer said that a group of supervisors from Wyalusing and surrounding municipalities were scheduled to meet Wednesday and discuss the issue.
Looking to long term solutions, Meteer said the future does not look bright for repairing the bridge to make it passable by trucks.
He said currently the potential project is listed no where on PennDOT's 12-year funding program, and that it could be at least three years before funding is received for bridge repair.
"I would like to see whatever is necessary be done to the bridge on 706 to let trucks pass again," Meteer said.
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