Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Northeastern Region Construction Season, Highlights Recycled Asphalt Paving Program
April 23, 2018
Honesdale, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT held an event outlining the anticipated 626 roadway miles that will be rehabilitated, reconstructed or resurfaced, and 83 bridges that will be improved this year in the six-county northeast region.
“We are committed not only to larger construction projects but also to improvements on rural roadways that connect our communities,” said Governor Wolf. “These investments enhance safety and travel conditions for the public as well as businesses.”
Complementing the significant projects in the northeastern region, Governor Wolf this year reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.
Richards highlighted work beginning this week on Route 4017 (Egypt Drive) in Wayne County as an example of lower-traffic roadways on which PennDOT will complete Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP) to extend pavement life. The work is made possible through the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation initiative, part of which expands the use of RAP to stretch resources and improve or reinforce shoulders of lower-traffic roadways.
“We have made more resources available to enhance rural roadways and extend pavement life,” Richards said at today’s event. “With these investments complementing our construction program, we are making significant improvements in the northeast region.”
During today’s media briefing, District 4 Executive George Roberts discussed the more than $464 million in new and continuing projects the public will see in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties throughout the year. In addition to the scheduled bridge and roadway improvements, an additional 46 projects such as slope repair, park & ride, and safety improvement projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the region during this construction season.
“The projects that we have planned for this year will improve both travel and safety for motorists across the region,” said Roberts. “But with so many projects underway, it is vital that motorists use extreme caution when driving through work zones.”
Notable projects that are expected to be begin this year include:
- Bridge rehabilitation on Interstate 84 over Roaring Brook and Lackawanna County Railroad in Roaring Brook, Lackawanna County ($1.2 million);
- Paving 24 miles of Route 11 (Salem Boulevard) and Route 415 (Lakeside Drive) in Luzerne County ($21 million);
- Paving 16 miles of SR 2004 (Silver Lake Road) in Pike County and SR 4041 (Rock Lake Road) in Wayne County ($3 million);
- Paving Route 92 (River Street), Route 171 (Upper Road), Route 171 (State Street), Route 371 (Great Bend Turnpike), Route 1021 (Brushville Road) and Route 1041 (Maple Street in Susquehanna County ($2.5 million); and
- Rehabilitating Route 11 over Route 92 in Nicholson Borough, Wyoming County ($1 million).
Department-force resurfacing and improvement work expected to start this year includes:
- Route 435 (Drinker Turnpike), 7 miles in Covington and Clifton townships, Lackawanna County;
- Route 438 (LaPlume Road), 6.5 miles in La Plume and North Abington townships, Lackawanna County;
- Route 4006 (Shickshinny Road), 9.9 miles in Union and Huntington townships, Luzerne County;
- Route 4015 (Bethel Hill Road), 7 miles in Fairmont Township, Luzerne County;
- Route 1005 (Twin Lake Road), 9.5 miles in Shahola and Milford townships, Pike County;
- Route 4004 (Gumbletown Road), 7.2 miles in Blooming Grove and Palmyra townships, Pike County;
- Route 3023, 10.1 miles Dimock, Springville and Lathrop townships, Susquehanna County;
- Route 92, 6.1 miles in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County;
- Route 1002 (Calkins Road), 10.6 miles in Oregon Township, Wayne County;
- Route 0507 (Mill Creek Road), 10.6 miles in Lehigh and Dreher Townships, Wayne County;
- Route 92, 9.06 miles in Eaton, Tunkhannock and Nicholson Township, Wyoming County; and
- Route 1017 (Quarry Street), 5.3 miles in Nicholson and Clinton townships, Wyoming County.
As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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