MONROE TWP. - It is the road less traveled which makes all the difference for some but for the Monroe Township Supervisors, it's the road seeing an increase in traffic that is causing an issue.
At the board of supervisors' Sept. 1 session, township resident Eric Shick had an issue regarding the upkeep of the dirt and gravel section of Bodenhorn Road.
Shick, who has a residence along Bodenhorn Road, is concerned about portions of the roadway which become corrugated ("washboarded") near the top of the hill above his house.
Shick inquired if there were any improvements scheduled for the road in the near future but board of supervisors chairman Walter Shook explained to Shick why fixing roads like Bodenhorn is easier said than done.
"There is nothing in the future as far as improvements on (Bodenhorn)," Shook said. "That road has always been what it's been. We try to maintain it as well as we can.
"Dirt and gravel roads on hills are a problem no matter where it is at. It is almost impossible to keep the washboards out of them."
Monroe Township Road Master Jim Morris and crew have attempted to fix portions of the road with a grader but usually those fixes are only temporary.
Shick asked if the road could be tarred and chipped but Shook and Morris outlined why tarring and chipping the road would not be a permanent fix.
"There is no fixing (the road) once it washboards without ripping the tar and chip out," Morris said.
Shook added, "We feel your pain. We have spent a lot of time over the years and consulted with PennDOT over the years but there isn't a great solution to this situation."
Shick also had an issue with the dust that plumed up during the dry summer when traffic drove over the road.
Morris said he was looking into spraying the road down with a mixture of calcium chloride and water in an effort to keep the dust down in the dry weather.
In other business:
4The township applied for a permit to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for improving the culverts along Pennsy Road to alleviate flooding from Craggs Run.
4Shook discussed the impact study PennDOT was performing at the Trinity Point intersection on State Route 68 for a proposed Trinity Travel Plaza convenience store and fueling station.
4The township will install Watch Children signs entering the village of Curllsville. The three signs will be located on Huckleberry Ridge Road and Curllsville Road. The township has to purchase the signs and install them.
4Approved a request by Wreaths Across America to have its mobile education truck set up at the Clarion Mall on Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.