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 Store 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.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES & INFORMATION: Avoid streets during construction and watch for closures.
Road Closure Schantz Road and PA 100:
Beginning Wednesday, October 21st, westbound Schantz Road approaching PA 100 will be closed and detoured to facilitate construction work for the ongoing PA 100 Resurfacing Project which is managed by PennDOT. Traffic wishing to access PA 100 from Schantz Road will be detoured onto Penn Drive. Only the Westbound approach to PA 100 from Schantz Road will be affected with this traffic switch. Please use caution when traveling through the work zone. The estimated completion date is July 21, 2021. Click here for an updated rendering of this project
ROAD CLOSURE ALERT: Schantz Road, between Route 100 and Boulder Drive, will be closed from 6pm – 6am on the evenings of January 5th, 6th, and 7th for water line work as part of PennDOT’s Route 100 Betterment project. A detour will be in place which utilizes Boulder Drive to Industrial Boulevard.
(Updated 10/5/20) The Twin Ponds Road Project & Detour: Tentatively between October 12, 2020 and December 12, 2020.
Grace Industries Inc. will continue work on the roadway improvements of Twin Ponds Road. As park of this work, Twin Ponds Road will be closed between Schantz Road and Long Lane between the tentative dates of October 12, 2020 through December 12, 2020. Click here to see the Twin Ponds Road 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.
Route 100 Betterment Project:
The Route 100 Betterment Project will be starting construction on Sunday, January 19th. Construction will take place Sunday through Thursday 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The project will start with drainage improvements along the side of the road and temporary patch work. Beginning sometime in April there will be lane closures.
HAAS Bridge on Hickory Lane:
HAAS bridge on Hickory Lane is closed until further notice. It crosses over the Hassen Creek just before intersecting with Hassadahl Road.
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.
PennDOT Update: Routes 222, 863 & Schantz Road: PennDOT recently informed Upper Macungie Township that a project to improve the intersections of Route 222 and Route 863, and Route 222 and Schantz Road are now in the design consultant selection stage. The project will include signals at both intersections and the realignment of Schantz Road at Route 863 in order to improve intersection sight distance and roadway geometry. No completion date for these improvements has been announced at this time.
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.