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PennDOT Accelerates Bridge Repair

Some time ago, PennDOT closed off the turning lane on the north side of Main St. at the intersection of Exchange St. in Susquehanna Borough. This part of Main St. is actually a bridge spanning Drinker Creek, and some years ago it was found to be in poor condition. PennDOT did schedule replacement of the bridge, but it was not expected to take place until 2013. In the meantime, early in the week of November 8, the parking lane on the south side of the street was closed off, barriers were put in place to restrict traffic to two lanes, and the traffic light was set to blink all day, rather than only at night as it had been. At their November 16 meeting, Susquehanna Borough Council President Dave Scales said that nothing was definite, but PennDOT was planning to move up the bridge replacement to next year, with bids to go out in June and replacement to begin in August. Apparently a recent inspection had shown the replacement to be more urgent than had originally thought. Mr. Scales said that PennDOT would shortly replace the barriers to form a single lane of traffic, and a temporary control light will be put in place. All traffic will be kept to the south side of Main St., and there will be no parking along that section. PennDOT’s traffic division will determine placement of temporary traffic lights, and it is almost certain that the lower exit to the Dollar General parking lot will be closed, limiting access to the lot to the upper entrance.

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Hallstead Completes Vacancy Process

Hallstead Boro Council carried a motion at their November 18 meeting to form a vacancy board. The board would be responsible for finding candidates to fill any council seat vacant for more than thirty days. The boro rarely experiences the need for a vacancy board, but had found one was needed after the passing of councilman Joseph Franks. More than thirty days had passed without filling his seat, and the process requires that a vacancy board make a recommendation to the county court. A motion carried to appoint Jim Canfield to the resident’s seat on the board, and to appoint council member Jerry Welsted as chairman. Council also carried a motion to approve Ryan Stone’s appointment to council, pending approval of a petition to the court.

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