PennDOT Addresses Drainage Issues
By Rick Hiduk
PennDOT crews in Districts 3 and 4 were busy this past week, improving drainage along two key sections of Route 6.
In Wyoming County, workers dug deeper trenches on both sides of the highway between Laceyville and Black Walnut and cleaned out an existing drain along the rock ledge to prevent runoff from pooling or freezing there, according to District 4 press officer James May.
District 3 crews were working in front of the new Bell Supply Store on Route 6 east of Wysox in Bradford County. According to PennDOT public information officer Rick Mason, the project was a joint effort between the state agency and property manager Don Spencer to mitigate drainage issues that have arisen since other gas industry-related businesses sprang up along the strip.
“The current owner has installed a retention pond and other drainage improvements on their property under (the direction of) the (county) planning commission,” Mason related via email. “Their drainage at some time has to enter our drainage system, and we are working there to improve our ditch line…to function at maximum capacity.”
PennDOT has met with the property owners, Mason continued, and crews were working in conjunction with them to improve the area.