The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

June 19, 2013

Mifflinburg business owners express concerns during Route 45 road project

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Mifflinburg Mayor David Cooney acknowledge initial confusion with detour signs but said that now should be remedied.

He said a large flashing sign told motorists to follow a detour for Route 45 but it was meant for trucks. “People were confused and thought the detour was for everything,” he said.

Keith Phelps, owner of Country Farm and Home at 7801 Old Turnpike Road, spoke with the state Department of Transportation because the signs were costing him business, resulting in a change weeks ago, Cooney said.

The sign now makes it more obvious that the first detour is a truck route, Cooney said, and another sign tells motorists Route 45 is open to Third Street to the Scarlet D Tavern. “That’s an attempt to tell motorists you can get that far,” he said.

Until the project is over, the best maneuver may be to advertise store hours and especially where patrons can park, Cooney said.

Rice was hopeful that could work for American Rescue Workers’ Thrift Store. “People need to know we’re open. We’re losing that traffic,” she said, “and that matters.”

Even the Mifflinburg Hose Company will have to work around the big dig, Fire Chief John Heiges said.

“They will do our part last and finish it first,” Heiges said of PennDOT’s plan. The fire department is at 325 Chestnut St.

When the work gets halfway to the fire house, one truck will go to White Springs Repair on Route 104, near where several volunteers live and can get to it fast, Heiges said. Other trucks will move to the former Mifflinburg Lumber Co. property on the east end of the borough.

 

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