Bridge construction could cause delays

LEWISTOWN — School officials expect that buses being rerouted due to construction on the Charles Street bridge could cause slight delays, especially in the afternoon.

Nancy Craig, coordinator of transportation for Mifflin County School District, said delays for the first few days of school are expected to be no more than 5 to 10 minutes for some buses, which is not out of the ordinary for the first week of school.

Craig expects there to be longer delays in the afternoon than in the morning, while some buses, she said, may not be delayed at all.

“We’re asking for everyone’s patience the first couple week until the bridge reopens,” she said.

Bridge construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 4. Traffic patterns are then expected to return to normal.

Craig said some buses headed toward Yeagertown and Burnham will be rerouted to Knepp Avenue, while buses headed toward Walmart on Fourth Street will try to use South Main Street.

“It will be very crowded, especially in the afternoon,” she said. “It’s only going to be a matter of a few days until the bridge is reopened.”

Craig said 40 to 50 buses will be affected by the construction in some way.

“Lewistown Borough has been very cooperative in keeping us informed on (the bridge construction),” Craig said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. We’re just working closely to make sure we get the kids home safely.”

Mifflin County School District Superintendent James Estep said, “I look at it as any other building project. It is a temporary inconvenience for future longterm greater convenience.”