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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • PennDOT updates given: I-84, Towpath

  • MILFORD - Fourth of July holiday eastbound travelers on Interstate 84 in Pike County are bound to a single lane for about eight miles from Exit 46 Milford to the New York State Line. PennDOT spokesman James May said that this change from single lane- double lane- single lane, to one continuous single lane is done with safety in mind with the anticipated heavy holiday traffic.
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  • MILFORD - Fourth of July holiday eastbound travelers on Interstate 84 in Pike County are bound to a single lane for about eight miles from Exit 46 Milford to the New York State Line. PennDOT spokesman James May said that this change from single lane- double lane- single lane, to one continuous single lane is done with safety in mind with the anticipated heavy holiday traffic.
         The update on the massive I-84 project as well as other state road projects in Pike County were discussed at a press conference June 30th, at the Pike County PennDOT offices in Milford.
        The single lane change, in effect since Wednesday, July 2nd, continues into Sunday night, July 6th.
        May explained that more crashes tend to occur when drivers attempt to change lanes. This is easiest when traffic is not so high. With the heavy holiday traffic, by going down to one lane, traffic could get backed up should a vehicle be disabled or run out of gas in a single lane. On the other hand, traffic gets backed up on an interstate with two open lanes when a crash occurs.
       Some motorists are choosing an alternate route avoiding this section of I-84 by taking Exit 46 Milford, following Route 6 to Exit 53 Matamoras, just before the New York State Line.
      New York State also has the Interstate 84 bridge down to one lane as a $40.8 million rehabilitation project continues. This work began last September.
        Regarding traffic safety, reminders were given that State Police and local police are planning aggressive enforcement over the holiday period, watching for DUI and lack of use of seat belts.
    Michael Taluto, PennDOT Safety Press Officer, said that coffee break stations are planned at interstate rest stops over the holiday travel period. Volunteers from non-profit groups are running them.
    ••• I-84 project
       The I-84 project underway in eastern Pike County is only just the beginning. May said that the I-84 re-construction is the largest PennDOT project in the four-county District #4 region and one of the largest statewide.
       The entire stretch of Interstate 84 across Pike County - over 30 miles- literally needs to be ripped out and replaced.
          As was reported before, a new mixture of concrete was used to build I-84 in the 1960's. Unfortunately, an unforeseen chemical reaction occurred with the rock on which the concrete was laid. Over the decades there has been a gradual deterioration from the bottom up. If nothing was done, May said, I-84 would turn into a dirt road.
       The entire project will cost an estimated $300 million to $400 million and take at least 10 years. The first section, from Exit 46 Milford to the New York State line, is costing $67.4 million and will last through 2015 or early 2016.
    Page 2 of 5 -    There are five sections to do, which will be not be completed in consecutive order. May added that the entire project has not been funded yet, but said the project "has to be done."
       Meanwhile, much maintenance will be ongoing on the rest of I-84. May acknowledged, "It's a rough ride now."
    ••• Towpath Road
        Many questions from Lackawaxen Township have been raised over when the scenic Towpath Road along the river will be re-paved. May stated that a timetable of when the road will be paved has not been determined, but first troublesome drainage issues have to be fixed first.
        Work on the drainage along Towpath Road is to start the week of July 7. Potholes will also be repaired. May noted that the road is very rough, but also has a very low traffic count, of 250 cars a day. He said that once drainage problems are addressed, PennDOT can have a better idea for how to make permanent repairs.
    ••• Bushkill Falls Road
       Act 89 funding is also being used to replace culvert pipes under Bushkill Falls Road, SR 2003. The road was closed to through-traffic from June 30 to July 3 to replace a large pipe.
         Ken Thiele, manager of Pike County PennDOT, said that the culvert pipe is particularly deep and always tends to carry water. He said that galvanized pipes that were put in years ago were not expected to rust, but they have been rusting on the bottom and needed replacement. About 27 drainage pipes had been replaced on SR 2003 in addition to the large culvert.
       A specialized district-wide paving crew with members from each of the counties having seniority and the needed skills, will  pave Bushkill Falls Road once other work is done. This will take two to three weeks. The road will be paved across both lanes at once, avoiding a seam down the middle, Thiele said. This allows for the job to be done quicker with less problems later due to a seam.
    ••• Other projects
       The federal Transportation Bill which passed in October 2013 known as Act 89 has loosened funds that Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can use, mostly for construction projects. District #4 has a goal to attend to road and bridge projects which have been waiting for attention.
       In Pike County this includes maintenance work on over 45 miles of I-84; 9.1 miles Route 402, south of Bushkill Falls Road; 5.7 miles of Shohola Road SR 434 and 5.4 miles of Route 507 between the Greene Township line and Shiny Mountain Road.
        Work continues on replacement over the Route 739 bridge over Shohola Creek, south on I-84 in Blooming Grove Township. The $1.8 million project began in November 2012 and is expected to be done by December 2015.
    Page 3 of 5 -    Pothole repairs continue. May noted that while this past winter weather did not set a new record, it was the toughest on area roads in years, leading to potholes.
      For more details of work underway or planned on state roads in both Pike and Wayne counties, see the list below.
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    Pike County Project Update
    SR 6, Palmyra – Group 4-14-ST 3 & ST 5, resurfacing of the following routes;
    SR 507 (Wallenpaupack Rd) between Brink Hill Rd and I 84 in Greene Township [Pike]
    SR 507 (Wallenpaupack Rd) between Lakecrest Drive and Apple Drive in Palmyra [Pike]
    SR 2003 (Bushkill Falls Rd) between Milford Rd, Lehman Township and SR 402, Porter Township [Pike]
    SR 6, Palmyra – Group 4-13-GRM 3, repair, replacement and maintenance of guiderail, end treatments, bridge railing, rock fall fence, right-of-way fence, median barrier, glare screen and traffic impact attenuator system, bid May 2013, began May 2013, to be completed July 2014 - $273,442
    SR 6, Matamoras – Revit. of Penna Ave, sidewalks and lighting on SR 6 and SR 209(Second Street to Delaware River Bridge), bid March 2014, to begin June 2014, to be completed August 2014 - $239,928
    SR 6, Palmyra – Group 4-14-GRM 3, repair, replacement, and maintenance of guiderail, end treatments, bridge railing, right-of way fence, and traffic impact attenuator systems, bid May 2014, to begin June 2014, to be completed July 2015 - $ 92,885
     
    SR 84, Dingman – I81-I4R SR 6 to NY Line, Reconstruction of existing cement concrete roadway, eastbound and westbound, consisting of superpave wearing course, embankment benching and silver fills, rehabilitation of 4-3 span bridges, rehabilitation of 2-6 span bridges, construction of a new PA bulb tee beam bridge, rehabilitation of 5 culverts, one prefabricated T-wall retaining wall, removal of portion of existing bridges, sanitary sewer work, guiderail, drainage, and pavement markings, bid September 2013, began October 2013, to be completed April 2016 - $67.4 Million
     
    SR 84,  Matamoras – Delaware River Bridge Rehabilitation, New York DOT let project in September 2013 - $40.8 million
     
    SR 390, Greene Township – NEPA 4-13-BR 3,
    SR 191over a creek at SR 1023 in Buckingham Township [Wayne]
    SR 2009 over I-84 in Dingman Township [Pike]
    SR 3002  over a creek near Sterling Township [Wayne]
    abutment repairs, reinforced concrete slab rehabilitation, P/s spread box beam bridge rehabilitation, removal of portion of existing bridge, miscellaneous concrete work and other miscellaneous construction, bid May 2013, began July 2013, to be completed January 2015 - $1.1 million
    SR 739, Blooming Grove Township – SR 739 Over McConnell Lake Outlet, rehabilitation and improvement of SR 739, bid July 2011, began August 2011, to be completed July 2014 - $1.3 million
    SR 739, Blooming Grove Township – design build bridge replacement over Shohola Creek, drainage, roadway, guiderail replacement, and side road adjustments, bid September 2012, began November 2012, to be completed December 2015 - $1.8 million
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    DUNMORE
    State road work June 30- July 4
    The following state road work is scheduled for this week throughout Pike and Wayne counties of Pennsylvania.
    Note: Anyone wishing to sign up for PennDOT Travel Advisories can do so by emailing James May at jamay@pa.gov
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    Interstate 84:
     
    Short Term Projects:
     
    I-84 West – Pike – Between Exit 46 (Milford) to 30 (Blooming Grove/Porters Lake (Pecks Pond)) Passing Lane closed for bridge core borings from Monday 6-23-14 to Sunday 7-6-14, except holidays and weekends.
     
    Long Term Projects:
     
    *I-84 – Pike County – Between Exit 46 (Matamoras) and the New York line will be single lane on the eastbound side for reconstruction of the westbound side. Anticipated completion - April 2016.
     
    *I- 84 – Pike County - between Exit 46 (Milford) and Exit 34 (Lords Valley/Dingman’s Ferry) There is a single lane closure on I-84 West for two Bridge Deck Replacements. Anticipated completion - fall 2014.
     Pike County:
     
    Short Term Projects:
     
    SR 6 (Wilsonville Bridge) - Palmyra Township - Right lane closed for Bridge concrete deck repair & Drain repairs from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
     
    SR 402 - Bloomingrove Township - lane restriction for Pothole patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
     
    SR 507 - Green & Palmyra Township - lane restriction for Spray patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
     
    SR 2003 (Bushkill Falls RD) - Lehman & Porter Township – Closed for Large Pipe Replacement from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
     
    Long Term Projects:
     
    Pothole Patching: PennDOT crews will continue to patch potholes throughout the county.
    Wayne County:
     
    Short Term Project:
     
    SR 191 – Salem - Single lane for Spray Patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 3,2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 196 - Lake Twp. - Single lane for Spray Patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 196 (Angels Rd) - Dreher Twp. - Single lane for Oil and Chip Rd surface treatment from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 348 (Mt. Cobb Rd) – Salem - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
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    SR 447 (Panther Rd) - Dreher Twp. - Single lane for Oil and Chip Rd surface treatment from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 507 (Mill Creek) - Dreher Twp. - Single lane for Oil and Chip Rd surface treatment from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 590  - Salem - Single lane for Spray Patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 670 (Bethany Tpk.) - Mt. Pleasant Twp. - Single lane for Drainage from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 1007 (Daniels Rd) - Damascus Twp. - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 3011 (Golf Park Rd) – Salem - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 3038 (Pine Grove Rd) - Dreher Twp. - Single lane for Oil and Chip Rd surface treatment from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 3044 (LaAnna Rd) - Dreher Twp. - Single lane for Oil and Chip Rd surface treatment from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 4007 (Crooked Creek Rd) - BUCKINGHAM TWP. - Single lane for Reshaping paved rd. from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 4014 (Winterdale Rd/Maplewood Rd) - Buckingham Twp. - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 4011(Golf Hill Rd) - Honesdale Borough - Single lane for Pothole Patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 4033 (S. Preston Rd) - Preston Twp. - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    SR 4041 (Rock Lake Rd) - Preston Twp. - Single lane for patching from Monday, June 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 03, 2014, 7am to 3pm
     
    Long Term Project:
     
    Pothole Patching: PennDOT crews will continue to patch potholes throughout the county.
     

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