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Route 29 Sinking In near Hallstead

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — For drivers who use State Route 29 near the New York state line in Susquehanna County they are used to the sounds of rumble strips.

These strips are slowing drivers down for some bumpy conditions ahead.

“I drive a lot of roads for my job and go through many counties and this spot in the road is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Wade Robinson of Hallstead said.

Robinson is referring to a portion of Route 29, specifically in Liberty Township.

Robinson said it’s always been a trouble spot in the county, but recently he and his wife said it’s become even worse.

Right in the heart of winter.

“You don’t know what your car is going to do depending on what tire hits what bump. So, we try to avoid it as much as we can in the winter time, but it’s frightening when it’s slippery,” Kelly Robinson of Hallstead said.

PennDOT said the problem first started after the flood in 2011.

A project to fix the road wrapped up not too long ago, but the same section of Route 29 got even worse.

PennDOT believes a nearby creek is to blame.

Engineers said the creek has been moving closer to the road over the years and it is eroding spots beneath the road.

Officials believe this is the reason why the road surface is sinking.

“You have to swerve a lot. There’s a lot of potholes and things, it’s pretty bad,” Jordan Christofaro of Montrose said.

“I just try to take it as slow as I can. I maneuver through the potholes to try not to hit as many as I can,” Matt Sobiech of Montrose said.

For people who live in the area, they said they’re upset for a number of reasons.

One reason is because the road is bumpy and is crumbling.

They’re also upset that their taxpayer money is being wasted.

“We expected it to be fixed and you know we wouldn’t have any problems traveling that way so yeah, it’s frustrating and it seems like taxpayer money is being flushed down the holes in the road,” Robinson said.

PennDOT tells Newswatch 16 they are in the process of trying to receive a bid on the project.

They expect that to happen sometime this summer.

Engineers say the project may cost around $4.5 million dollars.

PennDOT says the project will consist of crews relocating the creek to its original location.

Right now they are awaiting for approval from the Department of Environmental Protection so they can make that move.

During the construction phase officials say the road is not expected to be closed.

There will be a one lane closure with temporary traffic signals in place.

The project is expected to start and finish next year, and will be funded by PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.



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