Engineers unveil new Muncy streetscape plan

MUNCY – Over the past few years, many locals have complained about the state of the intersection at Washington and Water streets in Muncy.

During Thursday night’s borough council meeting, Tim Wentz, engineer with URS, presented a streetscape improvements concept plan.

Overall cost of the project is expected to be approximately $316,000.

It may be possible for the borough to use a combination of two year’s worth of their Act 13 allotment – about $60,000 – and an anticipated $245,000 of Transportation Enhancement Funds to pay for the entire project, council members said.

The proposed plan will effect Route 405 from Harmon Alley to North Green Alley. Improvements on South Washington Street will begin at Original Italian Pizza and stretch to the Washington Square Complex.

Improvements will include new sidewalk infrastructure, raised curbs and grades that will make Muncy’s sidewalks compliant with the standards set by the American with Disabilities Act.

Colored, stamped concrete will run as a border along new curbing, in an effort to add aesthetic appeal to the new sidewalk infrastructure.

Wentz assured council that the stamped concrete would be able to hold up to heavy truck traffic for many years to come.

“We are planning on 8 to 10 inches of reinforced concrete underneath to give it a good structural base, but even so, it’s one of the most durable of all the types of textured concrete surfaces you can have,” Wentz said.

Construction could begin as early as Oct. 2014, Wentz explained.

Borough engineers have been coordinating with members of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Lycoming County Planning Commission and local utility companies to ensure that the project runs as smoothly as possible.

Council members decided to review Wentz’s proposal and vote on it during the November meeting.