PennDOT: Culvert Project in Lackawanna County Still Years Away

ROARING BROOK TOWNSHIP -- PennDOT has identified a problem on a road in Lackawanna County, but it could take years before work begins there.

PennDOT is asking drivers to be patient when following a new traffic pattern on Route 307 in Roaring Brook Township.

PennDOT officials say you should get used to the barrels and barriers marking the new traffic pattern near Lake Scranton.

"I was kind of curious, but I don't have any say in the matter so I just expect it as something I've got to deal with," said township resident Jack Bravetti.

Bravetti brushed it off, but PennDOT says they've received a lot of complaints about the area that looks like a work zone with no work going on.

The barrels are there to keep cars off of one side of the road.

The problem is below the road. PennDOT says a stone culvert is over a century old and it's falling apart.

Before PennDOT can fix the old culvert, plans need approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Environmental Protection.

"There's a lot of permits and sort of the red tape aspect of it that we have to go through in order to work on that bridge," said PennDOT official James May. "It's going to take a while, so we do have to go through all the permit process."

May says a few years may go by with no work going on there. He says the center of the road, where cars can drive now, is safe. Drivers should pay extra attention, he added.