Emrick Works to Solve Route 611 Bridge
9/19/2014
MT. BETHEL - State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth), working with PennDOT, the Ultra Poly Corporation and officials from Portland Borough and Upper Mt. Bethel Township (UMBT), is finally able to announce that the Route 611 bridge clearance signage problem at the Portland/UMBT border, which has been the cause of property damage, power outages, traffic tie ups and other headaches over the past 20 years, is solved. The new bridge signage promoting a clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches was recently installed.

“My office staff began the process by contacting PennDOT’s state bridge inspector,” said Emrick. “On July 25, we set up a unique on-site meeting to measure the clearance under the bridge. The problem eluded common sense for more than 20 years until Ultra Poly Corp. owner Alan LaFiura and Upper Mount Bethel Township Supervisor Dennis Jones came up with the idea of parking an actual full sized tractor trailer truck under the bridge and measuring how much clearance was left.”

Approval by PennDOT, Norfolk Southern and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission was needed in order to change the signage.

“Many home and business owners voiced their concerns over the years about the damage caused by tractor trailer trucks when drivers, fearing the bridge was too low, stopped in front of it and backed up in small, tight parking lots and nearby lawns, often hitting utility poles and causing numerous power disruptions,” Emrick added. “I am hopeful the new clearance signs signal to all standard-sized tractor trailers that they can freely pass under the bridge, resulting in improved commerce to the entire Slate Belt.”

Questions about this event or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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