Buses to be delayed by project

Charles Street bridge construction slated for Sept. 4 completion

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Borough Council discussed updates for the Charles Street bridge project during a meeting on Monday night at the Lewistown Community Center.

According to Borough Manager Scott Welham, construction crews initially aimed to have the project completed by Aug. 23 — the beginning of the school year for Mifflin County School District. However, inclement weather caused significant delays, pushing the anticipated completion date to Sept. 4.

Welham also stated that the construction will affect busing schedules for the school district, since approximately 70 buses will be re-routed in order to avoid the construction zone, but the time periods of higher congestion, when buses are arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon, last only “about 20 to 30 minutes.”

Nancy Craig, coordinator of transportation for MCSD, reportedly suggested having a police officer help direct traffic at the Walnut St. and Valley St. interchange in order to avoid further delays and traffic issues.

“You’re probably looking at two weeks that they’re going to have an issue with those buses,” Welham said. “It’s going to be nice when it’s finished.”

In other business, Lewistown Mayor Deborah Bargo spoke on behalf of Dave Clemens, chief of the Lewistown Police Department, regarding National Night Out, which was held on Aug. 7 at Rec Park. According to Bargo, the event was a success, with 888 hot dogs and 700 pieces of cake given away to everyone in attendance.

“My thanks to everyone who attended and were a part of it,” Bargo said.

Later in the meeting, the council approved the following:

¯A modified rooming house ordinance.

¯Release of 2015/2016 CDBG funds in the amount of $771.86 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

¯Release of 2015/2016 CDBG funds in the amounts of $1,129.58 and $31.23 for administration of a 2016 grant and S. Wayne Street delivery.

¯Release of 2016 CDBG funds in the amount of $380.26 for the advertisement of an ordinance for the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement.

¯Removal of a commercial loading parking space and sign from 2 S. Spruce St.

¯Removal of parking spaces for the disabled from locations on S. Pine Road, Logan St. and S. Wayne St.

¯Allotment of four parking spaces for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, contingent upon the purchase of its own signs.

¯Removal of a two-way traffic sign at the Bratton Avenue end of W. Fourth Street. The street will now be one way.

¯Removal of the “No Parking Between Signs” sign on E. Walnut St.

¯Independence Day fireworks will be fired from the Rec Park parking lot in 2019. Council member Bill Wilson and Council President Larry Searer dissented.

¯Signs in front of the Water Authority will be moved to accommodate 20 feet between the signs, per the guidelines of a borough ordinance.

Following the meeting, the council adjourned to executive session in order to discuss personnel matters.

The Lewistown Borough Council meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Lewistown Community Center.

<<< EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from its original version. The previous version incorrectly stated the length of expected busing delays related to the Charles Street project.