Flood-Related PennDOT Projects Wrapping Up Quickly
By Rick Hiduk
Damages caused by flooding in August and September to roads and bridges in Sullivan and Bradford Counties continue to be a primary focus of PennDOT District 3, whose media coordinator, Rick Mason, has announced the reopening of several thoroughfares in recent days. The lifting of detours and travel restrictions in northeast Bradford might seem like an early Christmas present to residents in Orwell, Warren, Sheshequin, and Rome Townships who have traveled many miles out of their way this fall.
On Dec. 9, PennDOT reported that Gulf Road (SR1051) from Orwell Hill Road in Orwell Township to LeRaysville Road in Warren Township had been opened due to completion of emergency contract work. On Monday night, Route 467 in Rome Township, which had been the site of a mudslide, was reopened.
“We encountered a much larger amount of unsatisfactory material than we previously thought existed,” Mason noted of the area on Route 467 about one mile east of Route 187. “The existing roadway embankment in the project continued to fail even as we were reconstructing the area.” Mason related that the roadway there had been excavated, 33,000 tons of rock had been brought in, drainage improvements had been made, and paving and guardrail upgrades had ben completed.
On Dec. 13, Lake Hill Road (SR1029) from Bumpville Road (SR1046) in Rome Township to North Rome Road in Litchfield Township reopened, as the replacement of a bridge in Sheshequin Township was completed. A temporary bridge was put in place in Orwell Township on Route 187 north of Orwell Hill Road, allowing that road to be opened on Tuesday as well.
A temporary bridge is under construction on Route 187 in Orwell Township from SR1049 to the New York state line. “Emergency work is in the early stages,” Mason explained. “The area has been cleared, excavation begins this week, and we anticipate opening the temporary bridge to traffic in late January.”
The new Route 487 bridge at Lopez in Sullivan County is still expected to be open by the end of the month. “The contractor plans to place the deck later this week,” noting that the structure will be in “wet cure” with heat for the next seven days. In the meantime, “the contractor will be forming the parapets.”
Christian Camp Road (SR2008) in Laporte and Davidson Townships in Sullivan County remains closed, though emergency contract work there is underway, Mason reported.