MONTOURSVILLE - Commuters using a stretch of Route 147 between Brush Valley Road and Veterans Memorial Bridge may experience minor traffic delays this fall in exchange for increased safety from rock slides.

Dave Thompson, community relations coordinator for the county's PennDOT district, said PennDOT will be replacing a damaged portion of rock fall fencing, installing a single-faced concrete barrier and cleaning behind existing fencing sometime between Sept. 15 and the end of November.

The project will also include some shoulder work and paving, which will cut traffic down to single lanes during most of the project.

The work will be completed by contractor Don E. Bower Inc., of Berwick, who came in with the lowest bid at $991,000.

Travelers hoping to avoid delays may wish to take Route 890 north to Route 61, through Sunbury to the bridge.