Two roads in Dickinson Township will be closed this spring for railroad crossing repairs and bridge replacement.
Work began April 17 on Montsera Road and is scheduled to begin April 24 on Pine Road. Detours will be in place during the two-week projects, which involve repairs to the railroad tracks and repaving of adjacent roadways by Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Township manager Larry Barrick describes the work as routine maintenance, although he doesn’t recall the last time the roads were closed for two weeks.
“They (Norfolk) are typically very good about keeping after their crossings,” said Barrick, who has worked for the township for the last 13 years and served as township manager for the last 1½ years. “I’m sure they’ve done (this type of) work before, but as far as my memory serves me, not for this length of time.”
Montsera Road will also be closed for approximately three months, from early May to mid-July, for bridge replacement by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The bridge spans the Yellow Breeches Creek just north of Montsera Road’s intersection with Pine Road.
Traffic on Montsera Road will be rerouted onto Route 233 and Pine Road. The Pine Road detour will direct traffic onto Route 174.
Work in Dickinson Township also includes the removal of dead trees at Stuart Park
Barrick said the township’s road crew also has been busy cutting up trees and stacking the wood in piles for township residents, who are welcome to take the wood for their personal use.
“There’s still some wood left,” he said. “We’re cutting it for safety reasons and leaving the wood for our township residents to get. … We’ll keep cutting as we find dead trees.”