Less driving during COVID means less money for road repairs in Mountain Top | News

Municipalities throughout Mountain Top will have less money to spend on road maintenance and snow and ice removal next year, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently released its estimated Liquid Fuel reimbursements for 2021 and six Mountain Top municipalities will receive a total […]

Municipalities throughout Mountain Top will have less money to spend on road maintenance and snow and ice removal next year, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently released its estimated Liquid Fuel reimbursements for 2021 and six Mountain Top municipalities will receive a total of $65,987.94 less than this year.

The reimbursement comes from taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel and since people drove considerably less during the shutdown earlier this year, the state received less revenue from fuel sales. The money can be used for road paving and repairs, purchase of rock salt and anti-skid material.

Rice Twp., which will see a $13,288.61 reduction in Liquid Fuels money in 2021, pays $77.19 per ton for rock salt through the state’s COSTARS cooperative purchasing agreement program. The township would be able to purchase 172 tons of rock salt with that money.

Estimated reimbursement by municipalities are: Wright Twp., $180,032.63 ($19,736.37 reduction); Fairview Twp., $155,843.50 ($16,454.58 less); Dorrance Twp., $122,825.70 ($13,464.96 less); Rice Twp., $121,217.10 ($13,288.61 less); Nuangola, $30,928.93 ($3,390.61 less); Slocum Twp., $27,761.97 ($3,043.42 less).

News around the mountain

Fairview Twp. supervisors terminated the township’s contract with Code Inspections, the township’s third-party inspection firm, effective Oct. 1 and entered a contract for code inspections with BHW Inspections, Plains Twp.

After more than two decades, it looks like the Mary Street bridge demolition project in Fairview Twp. will come to an end. Supervisors will hold a public hearing prior to their Oct. 6 meeting on an ordinance to vacate Mary Street from Route 309 to Lehigh Street. The action follows the final completion of the Mary Street bridge demolition. The bridge has been closed for more than 20 years, but demolition was delayed repeatedly due to entanglements with the Public Utility Commission, utilities and other state agencies.

Rice supervisors recently adopted a resolution to permanently close Willoweby Street to vehicular traffic from Nuangola Road to Front Street.

They also ratified a decision to hire Chemung Supply to strengthen previously installed guide rail on the south side of Weyhenmeyer Road bridge, extend the existing guide rail, and install a new guide rail on the north side of the bridge at a cost of $5,495.

Fairview Twp. has received a $94,626 low volume road grant from the Luzerne Conservation District for Phase 2 of the Lake Road project. The township has until August 2021 to use the grant.

Supervisors also voted to apply for a $350,505 gaming grant for Spruce Street drainage work and paving.

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