Scott Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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Scott Township is a township in the north central area of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is one of the five municipalities comprised by the Lakeland School District. Township government consists of three elected supervisors with headquarters at the Joe Terry Civic Center, PA Route 438. Two roughly defined communities within the township are more commonly known to the broader region: "Justus" refers to the southern portion centered on the intersection of Rt. 347 and Layton Road and is anchored by two heavy equipment dealers and a large greenhouse and garden shop; "Montdale" refers to the central/northern area surrounding the Rts. 247 and 438 crossroads and has three general stores and a gas station.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 71.7 km² (27.7 sq mi). Land occupies 27.3 square miles (70.8 km²). The majority of its use is distributed among small farms, dense wooded areas, and residential development. This particular region makes up part of the extreme eastern edge of the Endless Mountains dissected plateau. The township is generally hilly with minor valleys cut by streams. These creeks—Rush Brook, Kennedy, South Branch Tunkhannock, and Hull—and larger bodies of water like Chapman Lake, Heart Lake, Griffin Reservoir, Peaceful Valley Pond, and Graves Pond account for the remaining 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), or 1.19%, of the township's area. Approximately the southern quarter of the township and a very small northeast corner drain into the Lackawanna River, with the rest of the watershed trending west eventually into the Susquehanna River many miles upstream from the confluence of the two.

Many roads connect Scott Township to Greenfield in the north and to Clarks Summit and "the Abingtons" in the west. Rts. 347, 247, and 107 are major traffic routes beyond Bell Mountain to all Lackawanna Valley points north of Scranton, such as Olyphant, Peckville, Eynon, and Jermyn. An approximately five-mile portion of Interstate 81 passes just inside the township's western border. It is accessible by Rts. 632 (Waverly Exit #197), 524 (Scott Exit #199), and 438 (East Benton Exit #201). This major thoroughfare places Scott Township at an approximate two-hour drive from important markets like New York City, Philadelphia, state capital Harrisburg, and Syracuse, NY.

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