CONSTRUCTION SEASON IS HERE!
SIGN UP FOR FREE TEXT MESSAGE AND EMAIL ALERTS!
DUNMORE (May 5, 2006) – Just in time for the summer travel season, PennDOT’s District 4 reminds drivers that it offers a free email and text message service that alerts motorists of traffic roadwork, crashes, and other delays as they occur.
While it is District 4’s policy not to perform restrictive work on high-volume roadways during peak daylight travel times, at this time of year PennDOT’s county maintenance and construction crews may be out performing emergency work or major construction projects at any time.
By visiting the PennDOT District 4 website at www.neparoads.com, travelers may sign up for the popular email alert service which delivers traffic and construction alerts during business hours, Monday through Friday. Subscribers may select the interstate or county in District 4 (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Wyoming, Pike, and Susquehanna counties) which interests them most.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the text messaging service, the once-comprehensive list is expanding to include selections that will cater to subscribers’ needs. CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS ARE URGED TO GO ONLINE TO UPDATE THEIR PREFERENCES.
A weekly roadwork report is also posted to the District 4 website and updated regularly. This same document can also be emailed to subscribers.
These services complement the electronic message boards along the highway and Highway Advisory Radio to help motorists avoid congested areas.
EXTRA!! Things to know about the work we have planned this summer:
As for surface treatment, there never really is a good time to close a road, even for a brief time. The $53 million in new paving contracts in 2006 covers more than 400 miles of state roadways in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and is the most significant paving allocation in District 4 history. This is indicative of the Commonwealth’s commitment to provide smooth roads through a steady program of road maintenance.
And while a comfortable ride is among the District’s goals, the safety of our bridges now tops the list of necessary construction and maintenance projects. As the Commonwealth’s bridges average 50 years of age, the budget needs to address not only major improvements, but also a schedule of preventive maintenance that will keep them safe and lengthen their lifetime. More than $57 million in over 20 bridge replacement or repair projects are scheduled for District 4’s aging bridges.
County maintenance crews this summer will perform oil and chip treatment of 224 miles of state roads at a cost of approximately $1,188,400. Roads with lower travel rates benefit from a new generation of “tar and chip” in which new technology marries the perfect stone to the adhering agent. New microseal surfacing is a boon product that lengthens the lifecycle of paved roads.
District 4 county maintenance crews will use 13,855 tons of material for pothole patching, install 33,378 feet of pipe, cut 1,121 miles of road shoulders, clean 795,560 feet (or more than 150 miles) of ditches, and seal 296 miles of pavement this summer!
Get roadwork updates at PennDOT’s NEPA Transportation website: www.neparoads.com
1-800-FIX ROAD - Your PennDOT Hotline to report road maintenance issues.
PennDOT crews are now using Police Arrest Forms to report violations within work zones.
These forms allow PennDOT crews to report, directly to state police,
any violations that impact upon the safety of road crews.
The forms could lead to citations against drivers who violate work zone safety laws.
Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone!
In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2003, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone
could result in the suspension of the driver's license.
Motorists: Drive with caution and reduced speeds through the work zones for your safety
and for the safety of construction workers.
Community Relations Coordinator
PennDOT, District 4