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via Tracy Fox, Highway Safety Network

Aggressive Driving is exhibited by driving behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, tailgating, failing to stop for stop signs and cutting someone off. These behaviors are exhibited by drivers every day. It can happen anywhere, day or night and anyone can become a victim, no one is immune. Police will be watching for these and other aggressive driving behaviors and issuing citations as part of the enforcement campaign that runs from July 6 – August 23, 2020.

School Bus Stopping Law
Submitted by Tracy Fox, Traffic Safety Coordinator
Highway Safety Network

Although it is unclear what the start of the school year will bring, I would be remiss in my job if I did not take the opportunity to cover school bus safety.

Further north, the Stites Tunnel Bridge carrying Route 191 over Paradise Creek in Pocono Township, Monroe County, has reopened to traffic.  

The bridge was closed since January 2019 for the $8 million project. It replaced a span built in 1911 and then reconstructed in 1941.  

There may be flagging operations at the site between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. over the next few weeks for project completion work on the bridge project.



MOUNT POCONO, Pa. — The light at the end of the tunnel is finally here for some commuters in Monroe county.

Construction on the Stites tunnel near Mount Pocono is finally complete.

The stretch of route 191 was closed in December of 20-18.

It just re-opened Friday.

"And as soon as it was open, [the cars] I saw one truck he came down around the corner, he was going to take the detour go up that way. What did he do? He said woo! I think it's open and he turned around and he came down through and he waved and blew the horn at me!" said Bertie Kitzhoffer.

For more than a year and a half drivers were forced to use a detour that took about 15 minutes

"It's been very difficult because you have to take all of these other back roads instead of just going straight the way you need to," said Brittany Clark.

The project was originally slated to wrap up last July.

The work was extended once because of winter weather, and then again because of the coronavirus.

One couple saw the tunnel was open on Facebook and came for a drive because they needed to see it to believe their days of taking the detour were over

"It's probably a little longer and there's more traffic when we get off on 80 sometimes. But it's a God send that it's open after a year and a half," said Michael Cohan.

Most drivers we spoke with say in addition to saving time, the drive through the tunnel is far more scenic than the detour.

Those who live nearby say workers made vast improvements to the tunnel.

"That's an amazing bridge with the water on one side, the road on the other with the railroad above," Kitzhoffer said.

The tunnel was paved and re-sided.

New guide rails and approach structures were installed for safety.


via Rosemary Brown newsletter:

Openness, Transparency Needed Now More Than Ever

Since March, the beginning of the disaster declaration, Pennsylvania’s “Right-to-know” inquiries have gone unanswered. The Right-to-Know (RTK) law was created to ensure access to information was accessible to Pennsylvanians. The public should always have access to these records, but during a crisis, more than ever. The legislature has been putting pressure on the administration to be transparent, but the requests have gone unheard.

Friday, 24 July 2020 14:36

Alert: Numerous Break-Ins (July 2020)

via Barrett Township Supervisors:

ALERT: Please be aware that there have been numerous break-ins in the area lately.  Please be mindful of your surroundings and keep your home and vehicles locked.  Please report all incidents to the police.  The police need to gather information on all cases to best determine a pattern and find the person / persons responsible (for) the crimes.  

A Monroe County man is arrested on arson charges after fleeing from police.

Police started searching for the suspect yesterday after he set two vehicles on fire in Barrett Township.

The domestic incident led to a high speed chase today on Route 447 in Price Township.

We’re told police were actively looking for the suspect when they saw him getting into his mother’s vehicle this morning. When they approached, she took off. One of our videographers happened to be driving on the same road and got caught up in the pursuit.

News13 Videographer Alex Herrero says, "My heart was pounding and I was nervous, but I wanted to find out as a news person what was going on. 

Herrero is talking about the pursuit for 30-year-old Eric Funk of Cresco. Yesterday police were called to an apartment complex on Brookside Lane in Barrett Township. We’re told a witness observed Funk walk up to two vehicles, douse them with gasoline and light them ablaze.

Chief Chris Wagner of Pocono Mountain Regional Police says, "Further investigation revealed that one of the drivers of the vehicle had a past relationship with Funk and it seems to be some sort of retaliation because of the breaking off of that relationship."

One vehicle was put out by the witness but the other was fully engulfed and needed to be put out by the Barrett Township Fire Department. Police could not locate Funk yesterday but flied felony arson charges.

Wagner says, "Given the fact that he endangered people with lighting those vehicles. So when those vehicles were lit, they were within 10 feet of the apartment buildings and there were multiple occupants within those apartments."

Today's pursuit ensued through multiple jurisdictions. Herrero says the SUV flew up behind him on Wooddale Road in Price Township doing about 90 miles per hour.

Herrero says, "Cuts into the oncoming lane, it’s only a two lane road and he goes in front of me. Then in front of me there was a dump truck going around a narrow bridge, he actually passed that guy on the left going around that bridge, could’ve been a head on collision. I thought I was going to see an accident."

Police did lose sight of the vehicle but Stroud Area Regional Police were able to locate the vehicle near the Analomink Post Office. Funk attempted to flee and was apprehended, along with his mother, Lori Funk who was behind the wheel.

Wagner says, "Mr. Funk and his mother endangered various members of the public and we just as a community can not tolerate that."

Both Funk and his mother were taken to the Monroe County Jail and are awaiting arraignment on felony charges. 


Updated 7/27/20 @ 11:55am
To include architectural drawing and PDF attachment (high-resolution drawing available on page 132 of attached PDF)

Original Post:

PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Barrett Township will receive Bids for one contract for the Community Park at Ice Lake located at SR 0390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18346. The contract is for the Electrical work associated with the site and utility/bathroom building. Sealed Bids are to be submitted at the offices of Barrett Township, 993 Route 390, Cresco, PA by 4 p.m. (local time) on the 4th day of August, 2020. Bids will be opened at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 8 a.m. the 5th day of August, 2020. All construction work is to be included in one (1) Prime Contract for the project. Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis as indicated in the Bid Form. Bidding Documents, including specifications for the work, are available electronically at no cost by contacting D&D Engineering & General Construction, LLC by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contacting Barrett Township at (570) 595-2602 to obtain a hard-copy of the documents at the Barrett Township Building. All Bids must be submitted on forms included in the Bidding Documents. Bidders shall submit Bid Security for their bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bidders Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum wages and salaries in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act 442 and contained in the Contract Documents, must be paid throughout the duration of the Contract for this project. The successful Bidder for the contract will be required to furnish and pay for a satisfactory Performance, Payment, and Maintenance Bond, in such forms as meets the approval of the Township. The Performance and Payment Bonds are 100% of the contract award price. The Maintenance Bond shall be included within the Performance Bond as 10% of the contract award price. The successful Bidder for the contract will be required to provide proof of required insurance. The successful bidder shall provide a completed verification form evidencing compliance with the Commonwealth Public Works Employment Verification Act. Barrett Township reserves the right to reject any or all Bids for any cause whatsoever, to eliminate any item or items from the contract, and to waive any informalities, irregularities, or technicalities, including typographical errors, in this bid. Bids may be held by the Township for a period of not to exceed sixty days (60) from the date of the opening of Bids for the purpose of reviewing the Bids and investigating the qualifications of Bidders, prior to awarding of a Contract. This Project is being funded in whole or in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant. The Contractor must comply with all DCNR requirements listed in the Supplementary Conditions. Barrett Township Supervisors P - July 23, July 26

Monday, 20 July 2020 13:10

Drones in use

As seen on facebook

Monday, 20 July 2020 12:14

Firehouse Chicken BBQ - July 25, 2020

Our Chicken BBQ ? Next Saturday July 25th starting at 4 p.m till we are sold out. At the firehouse on Rt 191. Take out ONLY, You Don’t even need to get out of your car its a drive-through. $10.00 a dinner, that includes, half chicken, baked potato coleslaw and corn on the cob. Can’t wait to see everyone!!

From Barrett TWP fire department

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