Area Road Closures To Fluctuate in Coming Days
By Rick Hiduk
Even though the waters are receding from record or near-record flood levels throughout Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, and Susquehanna counties, many roads remain closed due to wash outs, damaged bridges, and debris. While some roads may appear to be passable, many have been undermined and remain unsafe. Large sections of Route 6, east of Wysox, north of Towanda, and in the Burlington area have been washed out, as is Route 187 between Wysox and the Susquehanna River. Route 187 from Wysox Township to the New York State border remains closed due to several missing bridges and approaches.
Bradford and Wyoming counties remain under a State of Emergency, and it is unlawful to bypass road closure signs. State police are patrolling these roads, and motorists are receiving citations and fines starting at $500 per infraction.
Local fire departments will also be requesting that PennDOT temporarily close some roadways that are otherwise accessible so that cleanup and other work necessary to make the thoroughfares safe to the public in the long run can be completed.
As of noon on Saturday, the following roads in Bradford County were at least partially closed and should be avoided by all but emergency vehicles and residents: Wyalusing New Albany Road from Wyalusing Township to Terry Township, Route 6 through Wyalusing Township, and Route 6 east of Wysox to Standing Stone Township. In fact, very few portions of Route 187 are open to the public, as the highway is entirely shutdown south of Wyalusing New Albany Road to Route 87 in Wyoming County.
Route 220 at Monroeton is passable, but heavy equipment is in the Monroe Township area removing debris. Route 414 from Monroeton to Franklin Township is partially washed-out and closed. A section of Route 220 in Albany Township has been re-closed.
Other key roadways in Bradford County that should be avoided by motorists include Seshequin Road; Herrickville Road, which is partially washed out at Totem Lake; Lake Hill Road in Wysox Township; LeRaysville Road; Battle Creek Road; and Wilmot Road from Marsh Road in Terry Township to Ambrosius Road in Wilmot Township.
In Sullivan County, Route 87 is closed from Dushore to Lycoming County. Several sections between Loyalsockville and Montoursville are completely washed out. Route 154 from Route 220 at LaPorte to Route 87 at Forksville is closed.
In Susquehanna County, Route 11 remains closed from Halstead to the New York State line, but the Route 11 river bridge has reopened. Route 92 is closed from SR 2067 to SR 2075 at Gibson. State route 3019 is closed between Tyler Hill Road in Dimock to Elk Lake School Road.
In Wyoming County, motorists cannot access Route 6 in the Meshoppen area or Route 29 from Noxen in Monroe Township to Tunkhannock. The river bridge at Laceyville is now open, even though it has apparently suffered some structural damage. Route 87 is closed from Mehoopany to its intersection with Route 187 and in the Sugar Hollow area. Route 92 is closed near Osterhout Road at Tunkhannock, as well as in Falls and Exeter Township. Route 267 north of Meshoppen remains closed. Keelersburg and Barziloski roads in Eaton Township are also impassable. Sand Plant Road at Falls is closed, as is Eaton Road (SR3005). Maple Avenue (SR4018) is closed between Main Street in Little Meadows and the Bradford County line.
PennDOT has announced the long-term closures of SR 3001 between Route 87 and the State Gameland parking area in Forskton and SR 3002 between Sorber Mountain Road and Main Street/School Street in Noxen.
PennDOT also cautions motorists that traffic signals may not be functioning properly in some areas for some time and that extra caution is necessary at intersections throughout the area.
Readers may dial 511 for road closing updates or log on to www.511PA.com for additional information.