Paving and road reconstruction work on state highways in Pike County for the 2018 season were outlined May 30th, at the PennDOT Milford office.

MILFORD - Paving and road reconstruction work on state highways in Pike County for the 2018 season were outlined May 30th, at the PennDOT Milford office.

Here’s what motorists and residents along state roads can expect:

Surface improvements

U.S. Route 6, from the county line at Lake Wallenpaupack to just past Route 739, and a shorter portion near Shohola Falls, totaling 9.60 miles SR 2004, Silver Lake Road, SR 2004 in Porter and Delaware Twps., 11.72 miles (from Rt. 402 to Rt. 739)

(Department force projects:) SR 390, Promised Land Road, 6.98 miles SR 1005, Twin Lakes Road, 9.45 miles (finished) SR 3002 Roemerville Road, 3.75 miles SR 3006, Brink Hill Road, 1.27 miles SR 4001, Ledgedale Road, 1.76 miles SR 4002, Egypt Road, 2.33 miles SR 4004, Gumbletown Road, 7.26 miles SR 4006, Towpath Road, 2.93 miles.

Department force projects consist of paving crew from all six counties of PennDOT District #4. These are tar and chipping projects.

Towpath Road is receiving recycled asphalt paving (“RAP”). Milling material being taken from I-84 is stockpiled, crushed and infused with oil, to be recycled for paving low volume roads. RAP was also applied previously to Egypt Road, Blooming Grove Road and Greeley Lake Road, Ken Thiele, Pike County Manager for PennDOT said.

Safety projects

SR 739 at Lords Valley is to receive wider shoulders and repaving, from I-84 north to Pike County Boulevard.

Roadway projects

SR 434 Shohola Road, Shohola Township SR 1013 Cummins Hill Road (Westfall Township) SR 2001 Milford Road

Thiele said that on Shohola Road and Cummins Hill Road, crews are repairing embankments where slides have occurred.

There is also a slide at Millrift but the project is on hold due to an active eagle’s nest in the area. PennDOT may start the work late in 2018.

Wilson Hill Road has a slide in the Park Service area to be repaired, which may not occur until 2020, he said.

Interstate 84

The third year a four year phase of the rebuilding of I-84 in Pike County continues in the vicinity of Lords Valley. Work on the eastbound lanes in this section will be done in 2018.

Three bridges are being rebuilt. Westbound bridges were rebuilt last year. This section is expected to be completed in November.

Thiele said that another section of I-84, from the Wayne County line east to Route 390, will go out to bid this year.

Bridge projects

Pond Eddy Bridge is slated to be completed and in use by the fall of 2018, Mike Taluto, District #4 spokesman, said. The new bridge spanning the Delaware River is in its second year of construction. Taluto said the old, 1904 suspension bridge will be taken down after. No party came forth to purchase the historic bridge, he said.

A stone base was laid across half of the river for construction vehicles. The base was switched from one side to the other

Mott Street pedestrian bridge in Milford Borough is also slated for replacement this year. Originally a vehicular bridge and now closed to walkers due to its condition, spans Sawkill Creek.

PennDOT’s projects are funded through state, PennDOT county allocations and federal dollars, depending on the project.

Hundreds of millions

“You’re looking at hundreds of millions of dollars in protects in projects in Pike County with everything that’s here,” Thiele said, pointing to the 2018 project map. The Twins Lake Road project was funded with $2.3 million from posted and bonded road money. Silver Lake costs about $3 million; the Route 6 work costs another $3 million. The I-84 work this year is $66 million. The next phase of I-84 is estimated to cost in excess of $100 million.
Pike County has 545 square miles, and 810 “snow lane” miles on state highways.

Expect delays

“It’s construction season in Pennsylvania,” Thiele stated. “Expect delays.”
Taluto added, “Work force safety is another issue… you will get a ticket if you go past the speed limit in a work zone. We want our workers to be safe, so we want the drivers to be safe drivers in work zones. Reduce your speed and have your headlights on.”

In addition, Taluto issued reminders about not texting while driving, and other safe driving habits.

March 2nd storm

PennDOT in Pike County was budgeted for $1.5 million for winter road maintenance but sent about $3 million, Thiele said. This involves the entire winter, which included use of a great deal of road salt.

Cleanup from the storm on March 2nd continues. Thiele said that probably 95% of the roads in Pike County were closed that day due to the wind and snow storm.

Some of the trees were weakened and are still coming down in other storms. “We’re going to be continually fighting this for years to come,” he said. Erosion problems can also be expected, because a lot of the trees were uprooted from embankments. Not much is left to keep the embankments from sliding.

PennDOT crews continue to push back branches. Discarded utility wires still lay alongside the roads in some places.

“That was quite a devastating day for us. [Some of the] people in Pike County were without power for nine days,” he said. “I have never seen anything quite like that in my entire life.”