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State chips in $1.3 million to evaluate flood-prone road

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Turnback Road in Brady Township at the intersection with Elimsport Road on Wednesday.

Brady Township received welcome news this week with word of state funding for a much-needed road project.

The $1.3 million grant will help pay for elevating Turnback Road to prevent its flooding, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who along with state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, helped secure funding for the project.

“Turnback Road is heavily traveled by residents of Brady and Washington townships, and when the roadway floods many motorists are forced to take a five-and-a-half mile detour,” Yaw said. “I am happy that the state is helping to pay for this crucial project to alleviate the problem.”

Brady Township Supervisor Mike Goetz said Turnback Road connects Elimsport and Ridge roads and is used by a number of people including those who travel back and forth from a nearby residential development.

“We have had road closures up to six months,” he said.

The grant will help fund a $2.2 million project consisting of reconstruction of 1,000 feet of road, including pavement reclamation, geotextile reinforcement, installation of culverts, as well as embankment and guiderail work.

Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

“The township is very happy and sincerely grateful for the support we got from Sen. Yaw and Rep. Everett,” Goetz said.

Added Everett, “Locals are familiar with this busy road being susceptible to flooding and sinkhole damage, at times forcing commuters to take long detours for months on end. I’m pleased to see this grant approved which will go toward raising the road and preventing such inconveniences in the future.”

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