PennDOT tries to ease 2021 traffic worries

MUNCY — Local supervisors and council members gave their input on the state Department of Transportation’s 2021 construction plans to replace the bridge and upgrade an intersection in Muncy.

About 20 township and borough officials came to Muncy Creek Township office, Tuesday, to understand Route 405’s upgrades as it moves over Glade Run and passes through North Main Street.

Considering the routes 220 and 405 intersection, as well as routes 2014 and 405 resurfacing project are also undergoing construction during this time, Bo Mahaney, project manager with Dewberry Engineers Inc., said it was important to meet and ensure the new traffic patterns will be acceptable for the community.

“We’re taking this all into consideration and coordinating with our projects to try and minimize the impacts to you, locally,” he said.

There will be a full closure for about 3 months in 2021 on the Route 405 bridge crossing Glade Run.

Two detours will be used — local traffic will use either Williams Street or Green Street to travel west and over Glade Run.

PennDOT proposed using Green Street for two lane use, however several township and borough officials recommended using Carpenter Street due to a side of Green Street being used for parking.

Among the several improvements, the Route 405 bridge will be raised 9 inches to allow for 21 percent more flow of water underneath it.

Richard Umpstead, a Muncy Borough supervisor, recommended raising the entire structure even more to avoid debris buildup, however, Mahaney noted that this would displace homes nearby.

The intersection of Route 405 and North Main Street is estimated to take around 8 months.

“We’re going to replace all the existing traffic signal equipment,” said Mahaney. In addition, the drainage in the intersection will be improved.

The intersection will be widened to allow for bus traffic, however it will not be graded for tractor-trailer traffic.

The entire project will end with a resurfacing.

For commercial access to the Muncy Industrial Park, traffic will move down Route 180 to the Route 220 intersection. Then it will travel down Lycoming Mall Road as it moves into John Brady Road on a straight exit and into the park.

Commercial access to Montgomery Industries, traffic will take Exit 5 on Route 180 and take Route 54 into the industrial zone.