If road is closed, residents would
have to drive 27 miles to go a mile!
With gasoline up to $3.35 a gallon, Liberty Township residents don't want to drive 27 miles to get from Port Allegany to the other end of the township, but PennDot thinks they should.PennDot was supposed to improve the Brooklynside Road so that traffic could go around the bridge construction to get back to Route 6 toward Smethport. They backed out of that plan.
And established a 17 mile detour on Route 6 to get the ten miles to Smethport. And that is fine for through traffic, it's only 7 miles out of the way. But Liberty Township residents would have to drive 27 miles to get to town instead of the two miles down Brooklynside Road.
And that has caused a dilemma for Liberty Township supervisors. The increased traffic on Brooklynside is destroying the road. The heavy traffic and the breakup of the frost we experience every spring, is causing cavernous holes to develop in the blacktop.
Supervisors don't want to close off the road, because it would mean a much delayed response time for police, fire and ambulance services to the Smethport side of the township. But the expense and time involved in trying to keep this road usable is taxing the resources of the Township.
Plus it would cost residents a fortune in gas and travel time to shopping, doctors, drug stores, restaurants, and schools, to close Brooklynside at Route 6 and make everyone go around.
Liberty Township road crews patched the holes with cold patch blacktop to start with, but the heavy traffic squshed it right out of the holes. Friday they were using crushed limestone to try to firm up the holes that were so deep as to ruin parts on your car as you tried to navigate it.
Even the shoulders of the road were turned into deep ruts as drivers used the shoulder to try to avoid the caverns. Residents have complained of speeding and large trucks using the road which is posted for ten tons total weight limit. Truckers should be aware there are stupendously large fines for being over the weight limit on this road.
PennDot needs to step up and maintain this road during the construction period, and rebuild it after the new bridges are done. Whats being done to Liberty Township residents and finances is criminal. The other township road work is not getting done because of this, and this Liberty Township road will be completely trashed before the new Route 6 bridges are done.
If you are driving to Smethport and points west, take the detour and save the wear and tear on Brooklynside.
Call or write State Representative Marty Causer and State Senator Joe Scarnati and ask them to make PennDot step in and take care of this situation.
Even if you're not from Liberty Township, call or write your legislators and back up this township that's getting it up the @$$.