PennDOT PROVIDES UPDATE ON PROGRESS
REOPENING FLOODED ROADWAYS AND BRIDGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
0608011-4-floodprogress4 -PennDOT DISTRICT 4-0 announces the following road conditions and closures. For more comprehensive reportings across the state, visit the PennDOT website at www.state.pa.us (press releases link).

DUNMORE (August 11, 2006) - Plans continue to progress to reopen state roads and bridges in PennDOT District 4 closed by the June flooding. Maintenance and construction crews have worked steadily to reopen over 80% of the roads and structures closed a month ago as a result of washouts and damage.

The most severely impacted counties of District 4 are Luzerne, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Currently, there are 22 closings: 5 in Luzerne County; 7 closures in Susquehanna County; 8 closures in Wayne County and 2 closures in Wyoming County.


Projects that have been determined to be too large for county maintenance forces are being awarded as emergency contracts. Bidding for permanent bridge replacement projects continues Aug 17 and 24. Construction progress will depend upon design and right-of-way issues. There are 26 bridges that will need to be replaced; many more will require repairs. Approximately half of the closed bridges have been temporarily re-opened. In two instances where detours are not available, temporary bridges will be installed in order to provide access to residents.


Two waves of Mobile Emergency Teams (METs) from other districts throughout the commonwealth supplemented county maintenance forces by opening roads, stabilizing shoulders and embankments with aggregate, clearing debris and making roads safe and passable. These specialized teams are trained to respond to emergencies statewide and are supported by equipment and resources that enable them to respond quickly and effectively. County maintenance crews are following up with paving and patching once roads are stabilized and reopened.


The following is an updated prognosis of remaining CLOSURES by county:
(Original closures taken from a PennDOT report submitted June 28, 2006. Most recent closure dates are as of August 8.)


LACKAWANNA COUNTY:

  • Five roads and bridges were closed at one point. All roadways are open today.

LUZERNE COUNTY:

  • Sixty-seven roads and bridges were closed at one point. Five are currently closed.
  • Route 29 -Route 11 to Route 12, the Chase Road, Plymouth Twp. along Harveys Creek. UPDATE: The lower end by the Susquehanna River will be reopened by the end of August. Contractor is Pikes Creek Site Contractors.
  • Route 1021 - 8th Street, Wyoming. Road damaged; bridge out over Sutton Creek UPDATE: OPENING ANTICIPATED M or T August 13/14.
  • Route 1032 -Maple Tree Rd at Rte 2009 (Bridge), Lake Twp.UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter.
  • Route 1047 - Ellsworth Hill Rd.UPDATE: Construction is underway with a temporary replacement bridge that will be reopened by the end of September 2006. A permanent bridge will follow.
  • Route 4013- Mossville Rd/ Fairmount Twp. from Rte 4015 to Rte 118 BridgeUPDATE: Numerous washouts and bridge failure. Construction is underway. The roadway should reopen within 1-3 weeks. Bridge is closed. This will be a long-term closure.

PIKE COUNTY:

  • Fourteen roads and bridges were closed at one point. All are open.

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY:

  • Fifty-three roads and bridges were closed at one point. Seven remain closed currently.
  • Route 1025 - Severe washouts. Project will be bid this week as an emergency, with construction underway shortly thereafter.
  • Route 2002- Greenwood St., Construction will be completed by September 5.
  • Route 2026- Route 2011 end open for emergencies; Route 2053 closed.
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter.
  • Route 2029 between Route 2027 and 2023. Sever washouts.
  • Route 3006-From Springville to Rte 3011
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter. Note that this may be a possible archeological site. Investigations will be made to determine whether or not archeological digs must be performed before construction may begin and could possibly delay the start of the project.
  • Route 3010 - bridge out from Rte 3021 to Hunsinger
    UPDATE: Bridge will be permanently opened with a new structure in 2007.
  • Route 3025 - Rush Twp. off Route 3023- Bridge damaged. (State bridge, township road)
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter. Note that this may be a possible archeological site. Investigations will be made to determine whether or not archeological digs must be performed before construction may begin and could possibly delay the start of the project.

WAYNE COUNTY:

  • Twenty-five roads and bridges were closed at one point. Eight are currently closed.
  • Route 170 - North of Creamton bridge out. Detour in place.
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter. Note that this may be a possible archeological site. Investigations will be made to determine whether or not archeological digs must be performed before construction may begin and could possibly delay the start of the project.
  • Route 247, Red School to Creamton Rd./Rte 170 bridge out .1 mile East of Rte 170.
    UPDATE: Construction is underway with a temporary replacement bridge that will be reopened within 1-3 weeks.
  • Route 1018 -The Kellams- Stalker Bridge on SR 1018 is an interstate bridge whose maintenance PennDOT shares with NY State. NY will determine the timetable and whether or not the structure will need to be demolished or replaced. The bridge is closed to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic because the weld on the support is broken.
  • Route 1023 - Bridge out. Road open. Emergency vehicles only.
  • Route 3034- Bridge out
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter. A temporary bridge will be put in place for a local resident.
  • Route 4024 Bridge out. Detour in place.
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter. Note that this may be a possible archeological site. Investigations will be made to determine whether or not archeological digs must be performed before construction may begin and could possibly delay the start of the project.
  • Route 4033 Lake Como & Lower Twin Lake, Preston & Buckingham townships (2 bridges)
    UPDATE: A permanent replacement will be bid this fall (2006) with reconstruction occurring after winter.

WYOMING COUNTY:

  • Seventeen roads and bridges were closed at one point. Two remain closed currently.
  • Route 1017 - Central section is single lane. Inspection scheduled.
  • Route 2017 - Road between Route 2015 and 2023 will open August 11.
  • Route 3003- Sugar Hollow. Bridges are all open. Some permanent construction work remains.

Karen Dussinger

Community Relations Coordinator

PennDOT, District 4

kdussinger@pa.gov

570-963-4044 (ofc)

570-267-4810 (cell)
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