Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania

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Monroe Township is a township in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,012 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.8 square miles (40.8 km²), of which, 15.6 square miles (40.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.76%) is water.

Monroe Township is bordered by Union County to the north, the Susquehanna River, Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf to the east, Selinsgrove to the south, and Penn Township, Kratzerville and Jackson Township to the west.

Hummels Wharf is a census-designated place within the township.

Small creeks drain the township into the Susquehanna River. Flooding occurs in low lying areas on an annual basis. A few areas have persistent standing water with most rains. Ground water is being monitored by the USGS. Ground-Water-Quality Data in Pennsylvania - A Compilation of Computerized Electronic Databases, 1979-2004

Economics

The Susquehanna Valley Mall is located in the township. There are also small and medium businesses located throughout the area. Many are related to the car delearships located on the main highway.

A growing vacancy rate in commercial properties in the region is causing increasing concern. This is be exacerbated by the decline in the manufactured housing market. Two local, housing related factories have announced they are closing in 2007 displacing about 250 workers. Several retail establishments are also closing their doors. Commercial property along the highway has remained unsold for years.

Pennsylvania Routes 11&15 passes through the township. The highway is a major travel artery through the region. Day time flow is constant (truck and vehicle) with very heavy loads and serious backups on Fridays (especially in the afternoon) and holiday weekends. There is a proposed major highway bypass project. It is meeting with funding challenges that have delayed the project for decades. This thruway will cross Monroe Township. Many properties are designated for acquisition by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Residents along the proposed route have expressed concerns about the negative impact on their quality of life that the thruway will mean. Pro development forces have been successful in overwhelming their objections. Others are concerned that, like the town of Selinsgrove which is in decline, the bypass will mean the loss of local revenue and jobs that the traffic on highway brings to the many local restaurants and hotels along the current highway. In June 2007 another two year delay was announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The primary roadblock is a lack of funding for the estimated over $300 million dollar project. The state's transportation has historically been grossly underfunded. The funding shortage was compounded when Governor Rendell used the State's federal highway and bridge funds to pay for mass transportation in Philadelphia. This has resulted in hundreds of bridges and roads in need of repair. PennDOT report on Snyder County roads and bridges in need of repair.

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