Duncansville looking into road signs

DUNCANSVILLE – Borough engineer Tom Levine is looking into how many borough signs may need to be replaced to meet requirements under the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

The MUTCD requires the replacement of signs before the signs’ retroreflectivity – defined as the ability to absorb and reflect light – falls to an unsafe level.

Levine said the borough needs to address the stop signs and warning signs first, then later consider the street signs. He said he did not know how many signs will need to be updated, but suggested that ones put up more than 10 years ago may not meet the requirements under the MUTCD.

Councilman David Shaw, who heads the finance committee, said no money was included in the 2014 budget to purchase new signs, but the idea of designating money in the 2015 budget was discussed.

In other Duncansville borough news:

n The borough’s road maintenance crews had some help this year with street cleaning. Inmates from the Blair County Prison offered assistance on Tuesdays and Fridays for three weeks. The inmates also helped with set-ups at Duncansville Memorial Park for the annual community days event.

n Ed Walter of Duncansville has been hired as a sewer and water operator for the borough, at the starting pay of $13.50 per hour, effective July 28.