Summer is the traditional time for road and bridge work, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that 50 miles of repaving are scheduled on state roads in Wyoming County.
One project will have a big impact on people driving through Tunkhannock.
James May, PennDOT Region 4 Spokesperson and Robert Thorne, Senior Highway Maintenance Manager for the county, said Monday that motorists should expect delays as the work will affect traffic patterns where ever major renovations occur.
One major project will be the repaving of Business Route 6 (Tioga Street) in Tunkhannock, from the NAPA Auto Parts to Ace-Robbins Inc.
The start date was unknown, but Thorne assured that the paving would not begin before Founders Day on Saturday.
The project also includes cutting curb sections along the route to make the street more wheelchair accessible, Thorne explained.
The repaving is part of the Federal Aid Paving program. Traffic will be limited to one lane in the work areas. Completion date is set for November. Project cost: $1,856,083.
A resurfacing project is already underway on six miles of Rt. 29 (Joseph Hunter Highway), from the roadside rest to Keelersburg Road, just below Walmart, according to May.
Another big project is repaving 2.11 miles of Route 87 near the Procter & Gamble plant.
Route 92 will be repaved, starting from the triangle at state Route 307, and down to Falls Bridge, May explained.
Although PennDOT will be concentrating mostly on road and bridge maintenance, three enhancement projects are also scheduled to be completed this summer.
May explained that the Trolley Trail is pretty much complete near Keystone College, and its opening is expected in the near future. The project was part of a ‘rails to trails’ conversion, in which railroad and trolley trails were converted to walking trails for public use.
The two other enhancement projects which will be completed this summer are the renovation of the old DL&W railroad station in Nicholson, and the conversation of a railroad bed to a walking trail in Factoryville.
In addition to repaving, slide repairs will be performed on sections of three state roads, and several bridges are scheduled to be renovated or replaced.
May said that slide repairs are scheduled for Rt. 6 in Braintrim Township. Northwest of the intersection with Route 4009; Rt. 29 in Noxen Township, between Keiper Road and Butry Road; and Rt. 6, near Route 4019 in Washington Township.
About 90 percent of the roads requiring slide repairs are located next to creeks, May said, and involve the soil moving downward toward the water.
“When that soil underneath hits clay, it will start to move. Which will be a sliding motion,” May explained. “And that road was built because originally that was how a guy took his cows to his father-in-law’s farm. And it became a horse and buggy road. And eventually it became a (state) road.
There are 13 bridges in Wyoming County scheduled for renovations or repairs, May said. Work has already begun to replace the bridge on Route 1017 in Factoryville, near Lackawanna Trail Elementary School, May explained.
The road is now closed, and traffic is being detoured around the work site. Project cost: $947,427.
“We intentionally waited until school was out so it would have as minimal impact on that school. It’s going to be done before the middle of August before school starts,” May explained.
Another major bridge project is on Route 11 over Route 92 in Nicholson Borough. The deck is being replaced, and traffic will be restricted to one lane. Thorne said a temporary signal will be used to regulate traffic during the renovations.
The bridge on Route 267 in Meshoppen Borough is also slated to be replaced this summer. In a separate project, surfacing improvements of Route 267 will be performed from Meshoppen to the Susquehanna County border, May explained.
A bridge across Oxbow Creek in Lemon Township is scheduled to be replaced this summer. Thorne said that covered signs have been put up, which will announce the bridge’s closure once the project is underway. Traffic will be detoured around the work site. Completion date is scheduled for November. Project cost: $774,421.
Two bridges on Route 292 - one in Northmoreland Township and the other in Exeter Township - are also scheduled for renovations.
Folks driving on Routes 11 and 6 in Factoryville and surrounding areas will be relieved to know that the Lackawanna Trail Betterment Project is scheduled to be completed in November. The $44 million project is one of PennDOT’s most ambitious, spanning a three-year period. The project runs from Clarks Summit in Lackawanna County, to where routes 6 and 11 separate in Wyoming County.
Other PennDOT projects slated this year include:
SR 1008, Lemon and Nicholson Townships. Repaving
SR 1009 (Avery Station Road) Lemon Township. Recycled Asphalt Paving.
SR 1012 (Bunker Hill Road) Clinton Township. Repaving
SR 1017 (College Avenue) Factoryville. Repaving.
SR 2001. Monroe Township. Repaving
SR 2002. Northmoreland Township. Repaving.
SR 2002. Northmoreland Township. Recycled Asphalt Paving.
SR 2019 (Fairview Road). Overfield Township. Repaving
SR 2027 (Highland Road). Falls Township. Repaving
SR 3009 (Franklin Road) Repaving
SR 1027, over Willow Brook, Nicholson Township. Rehabilitation.
SR 1029, over Tunkhannock Creek, Nicholson Township. Construction of a two-span prestressed spread box beam structure.
SR 2002, over South Run Creek, Monroe Township.
SR 3001, over Little Mehoopany Creek, Windham Township. Replacement of the single span reinforced concrete slab bridge with a box culvert on the same alignment.
SR 3001, over Roaring Run, Windham Township. Rehabilitation.
SR 3007, over railroad, Washington Township.