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Star-Courier The

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Vol. 124 No. 41

USPS 044-380

Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Since 1893

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36 Pages

Susquehanna residents concerned with bridge closure’s effect on bus stop By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

A group of Susquehanna Township residents who live near Troy Street approached the supervisors at their October meeting with concerns about how the bridge closure will affect their children’s bus stops. Last month, the township closed this bridge in Emeigh due to concerns with its stability at a certain weight limit. The bridge is safe to walk across but not for motor vehicles. The township is currently looking into funding to fix and reopen the bridge. However, a bus stop is located on

the other side of the bridge that has some residents concerned about the bridge’s closure and upkeep. Parents of the children who use this bus stop attended the meeting to ask supervisors who would maintain the area where the bus would need to pull off as well as the bridge itself during the winter months, as the students have to walk across it to get to their bus stop. The township has already been in contact with Tri County Transportation to discuss its options, including the possibility of moving the bus stop, but no see bus stop, page 3a

Pretty in pink

Kylie Coolidge (left), Shaylee Packard, and Alexia Nemec wear pink to support breast cancer awareness at the Cambria Heights Homecoming football game on Oct. 6. Photo by Amber Stich.

PennDOT holds open house on 219 Roadway Improvement Project By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

CH king and queen

Taylor Eckenrode and Lucas Fox were crowned Cambria Heights Homecoming King and Queen at the school’s homecoming football game on Oct. 6. Photo by Amber Stich.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation conducted an open house and plans display at the Carrolltown Fire Company Social Hall to inform the public about the proposed Route 219 Roadway Improvement Project in East Carroll Township and Carrolltown Borough. Construction for the project addresses needed improvements to a 2.5-mile section of Route 219, including resurfacing, drainage improvements, crosswalks, speed control, and more. James Pruss, a district portfolio manager for PennDOT, said the construction and new setup of the section will be an adjustment for the locals, but the main aim

of the project will be to improve the safety of the area. “The whole key to this project is to make it safer for the people who live here, not just the motorists but the pedestrians,” Pruss said. The efforts to do this will include the addition of cement rumble strips in the center of the lanes to slow traffic in town; wider intersections for safer truck and bus turns; crosswalk areas with lit signs at Flick, Cameron, and Mill streets; sidewalks for pedestrian safety; and changes to on-street parking. Pruss said the change to the parking will be one of the bigger adjustments those in Carrolltown will have to make. Currently, residents park perpendicular to the road, which causes them to back out onto the road.

This is a big safety concern for PennDOT. The new project, Pruss said, designates parallel parking areas in the borough to address the issue. Pruss said PennDOT has been working closely with the borough and residents to address areas of concern and to create the best solutions for them in the project. He said because of the community’s input, they will also be addressing the curve at the intersection of Brick Road (Route 553 to the Old Gray Mare) to achieve a safe 45 mph design. This part of the project will include a detour on Brick Road of roughly 4.4 miles. Construction is slated to begin in early summer of 2019, and the project should be completed in see project, page 3a

NCMA discusses SOC levels, disconnection By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

One topic of discussion for the Northern Cambria Water Authority during its Oct. 4 meeting was a change in synthetic organic contaminants (SOC) after the installation of a new storage tank and piping at the Spangler plant. Chet Cyga, the authority’s water consultant from Water System Solutions, said the SOC levels raised minimally to around 0.002 parts per billion after the project was finished,

and they would like to do some testing to find the source of the increase. Cyga said this is not a problem to be concerned with, as the maximum contaminate level is 0.2 parts per billion and the authority has never reached that. He said the authority was not in violation with this tiny reading, but they would like to be proactive in identifying the problem. Cyga said it could be anything from residuals from the silicone used on the storage tank, to a byproduct of using plastic piping, or even an error in the testing since the amount was so small, but Cyga said more testing will let them know for sure. Cyga also pointed out that the amount has already been see levels, page 13a

Football fun

Joseph Snedden (left), Ian McBreen, and Logan and Landen Baker hang out together during the Cambria Heights Homecoming football game on Oct. 6. Photo by Amber Stich.

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