The Public Works department is regularly repairing and maintaining approximately 130 miles of Township roads. This includes street cleaning, line painting, snow plowing, permanent repair of roads, as well as patching and sealing.
Upper Macungie Township complies with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4 Requirements). The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that the States comply with National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements. Pennsylvania DEP required municipalities having a population of 10,000 to obtain an Individual Permit for its storm water system. The Township has adopted the Act 167 Storm Water Control Plan to control volume and quality of storm water runoff. DEP Chapter 102 regulating erosion and sediment control for new construction has also been adopted by the Township. The program goals are to control water quality and ground water recharge. Requirements include providing information to residents regarding what they can do in this effort. These items include cleaning pet wastes, eliminating oil and fluid leaks from your vehicles, proper use of chemicals and fertilizers, soil erosion and sediment control.
The UMT Police Department actively works to resolve traffic issues in our Township. See the latest updates and projects from the Good Neighbor Coalition Here.
Turnpike Reconstruction & Widening: PA Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) provided an updated overview of the projects/plans to reconstruct and widen the Turnpike to public officials, and explained various project issues affecting the local municipalities, including the need to reconstruct and widen the bridges carrying state and local roadways over the Turnpike before roadway reconstruction, and widening could occur. They have reached the point where four of the overhead bridges in the project area will proceed to construction.
The Bridges Include:
- Cassel Road Bridge (T-383) at MP A45.94 – Construction to begin in February 2022, with a target completion date of November 2022
- Vera Cruz Road Bridge (SR 2027) at MP A49.67 – Construction to begin in February 2022, with a target completion date of November 2022
- Indian Creek Road Bridge (SR 2018) at MP A52.29 – Construction to begin in February 2023, with a target completion date of November 2024
- Tilghman Street Bridge (SR 1002) at MP A57.06 – Construction to begin in March 2023, with a target completion date of November 2024
Attached are informational display boards for each of the four bridges, which show a detailed project map, the anticipated project timeline, and the detour route or staged construction typical sections. These display boards are also available on the Turnpike’s website at:
Construction Updates & Information: Avoid streets during construction and watch for closures.
Temporary Road Closure: Memorial Road Between Chapmans and Blue Barn Roads
Beginning Monday, April 4th through Friday April 8th, Memorial Road between Chapmans Road and Blue Barn Road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day – a detour route has been identified. Click here for a map of the closure and detour route.
State-of-the-Art Adaptive Traffic Signal System at Route 100, Schantz, & Penn Drive:
Upper Macungie Township is nearly completed with the installation of a state-of-the-art adaptive traffic signal system at the historically busy intersections of Route 100 with Schantz Road and Penn Drive. This system is expected to improve traffic conditions at these intersections by using highly sensitive radar detectors to record the amount of traffic that passes through the intersections and then automatically adjust the traffic signal timings to provide the optimal amount of green-time for each phase of signal operation. While the adaptive system can’t solve all existing traffic issues, it will ensure that the signals are operating in the most efficient manner possible.
PennDOT Update: I-78 Pavement Preservation Project
The I-78 Pavement Preservation Project consists of pavement rehabilitation, traffic barrier upgrades, and drainage improvements. Located in Lehigh County within Upper and Lower Macungie Townships, the project begins 1 mile east of SR-100 and extends for approximately 3 miles to the interchange with SR-309. For more information and project maps, please click the link below. The project is scheduled to begin in Summer 2021 with completion in Fall 2022.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS & ROAD SIGNS:
Repair or Replacement of Street Lights: PPL provides the maintenance on all Township street lights. You can report the problem directly to PPL.
- Please report all street light maintenance requests to the PPL Customer Contact Center at 1-800-342-5775. They will need to know the pole location and any identification numbers that are tagged on the pole
- Information on the Street Light Tax increase- Township of Upper Macungie Resolution #2014-53 fixing the tax rate the year 2015.
Repair or Replacement of Road Signs: The UMT Public Works Department has a Road Crew responsible for signs on township roads.
- The UMT Public Works Road Crew can be reached by calling the main office line 610-395-4892 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM. You will be transferred to the Parks Department voicemail as they are usually out working in various parts of the township. They will return phone calls as soon as they are able.