PennDOT Announces Summer Road Projects
HONESDALE — State transportation officials unveiled a $464 million summer road and bridge construction program Monday for six Northeast Pennsylvania counties that will affect 610 miles of roads and 83 bridges.
In Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has hired contractors to pave and/or repair almost nine miles of Lakeside Drive around Harveys Lake and almost five miles of Route 115 in Bear Creek Twp. Contractors will pave more than
9.7 miles of Business Route 309, also known as Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard, and almost 10.5 miles of Route 11 in Salem Twp.
“After this very hard, long winter, we’re very pleased to see a day like this today,” PennDOT district executive George Roberts said, standing at the Wayne County Fairgrounds under sunny skies on a warm spring day ideal for road and bridge construction. “All of our work is really ... trying to make sure that we take care of our roads and bridges, especially after coming out of this harsh winter.”
For years, PennDOT has emphasized road and bridge maintenance over the construction of new projects. The South Valley Parkway near Nanticoke remains the most notable ongoing, new construction project this year.
The construction dollar amount includes projects that began in previous years.
View a map of the projects planned in Luzerne County.
As Roberts spoke, an excavator lifted pavement ripped up from past road rehabilitation projects onto a conveyor belt, which dropped it into a processor for recycling into usable asphalt again.
PennDOT will use the recycled asphalt to smooth 3.3 miles of Tanners Falls Road and 6.6 miles of Old Tannery Road in Wayne County; 4.9 miles of Bald Mountain Road in Luzerne County; 3.2 miles of Marsh Brook Road, 1.1 miles of Farnham Road and 3.3 miles of Sandy Banks Road in Lackawanna County; 2.8 miles of Briar Ridge Road in Wyoming County; 2.6 miles of Harmony Road, 1.1 miles of state Route 2016, 1.5 miles of Route 2029 and 1.9 miles of Route 2035 in Susquehanna County; and 2.9 miles of Towpath Road in Pike County.
“It allows us to pave less traveled roads that would not be paved otherwise, as well as reinforce road shoulders,” said state Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, who attended the news conference.
Among other highlights of projects in local counties:
• WYOMING: Slide-prevention repairs to Route 29 (Lake Road), repaving of about four miles of Route 92, and almost a mile of Route 367; and rehabilitation of the Route 11 bridge over Route 92 in Nicholson.
• LACKAWANNA: the highlights include completion of the Harrison Avenue Bridge project in Scranton and full reopening of the Central Scranton Expressway; new traffic signals at the two Main streets connected by Kennedy Drive in Archbald and paving Kennedy; paving almost two miles of Country Club Road through the Abingtons; and repairs to the twin bridges over Roaring Brook Creek on Interstate 84 in Dunmore.
• PIKE: Ongoing major reconstruction of Interstate 84; and repaving of 9.6 miles of Route 6 and 11.7 miles of Silver Lake Road.
• SUSQUEHANNA: Repaving of six miles of Route 11, almost four miles of Route 92 and more than five miles of Route 171; and street enhancements on South Main Street in Montrose.
• WAYNE: Rehabilitation of Interstate 380 bridges over the Lehigh River in Lehigh Twp.; repaving of 4.11 miles of Rock Lake Road; reconstruction of Interstate 84; and slide-prevention repairs along Route 191 (Hancock Highway), Route 370 (Crosstown Highway), Milanville Road, Owego Turnpike and Maple Grove Road; and rehabilitation of Route 590 around Hamlin Corners.
BOB KALINOWSKI, staff writer, contributed to this report.
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LUZERNE COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE WORK:
Business Route 309 in Wilkes-Barre Twp., Market Street in Kingston and all of Lakeside Drive around Harveys Lake are slated to be paved the coming months, officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday.
Many primary roads in the rural Shickshinny area are also set for paving work, such as Shickshinny Lake Road, Bethel Hill Road and Cragle Hill Road.
Other roadways targeted for paving work in Luzerne County are:
• Interstate 80 in the Hazleton area between Interstate 81 and White Haven
• Route 11 in Salem Twp.
• Route 92 from West Pittston through Exeter Twp. to the Wyoming County line.
Bridge work is slated for 23 spans in the county, including:
• The Dale J. Kridlo Memorial Bridge, connecting Pittston and West Pittston
• The Cross Valley Expressway Bridge linking Plains Twp. and Kingston
• The South Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre
Two ongoing projects nearing completion were also on the list. They are:
• The South Valley Parkway, which includes six roundabouts and two bridges in Hanover Twp. and Nanticoke.
• The Upper Demunds Road Realignment project in the Back Mountain.
— COMPILED BY BOB KALINOWSKI