PennDOT Unveils Plans for Paving in 2017

HANOVER TOWNSHIP -- PennDOT announced Wednesday afternoon an unprecedented $639 million worth of construction projects to take place in northeastern Pennsylvania for 2017.

As part of that announcement, Governor Tom Wolf explained that one the reasons so much funding is being put into our area is because of how much damage has been done to the roads thanks to the blizzard last month.

And a good chunk of those construction projects won't be in the downtown areas but rather on rural roads.

Inside PennDOT's maintenance shed near Ashley, Governor Wolf helped announce the year's construction projects in northeastern Pennsylvania totaling more than $600 million worth of contracts.

"If we don't have good roads, if we don't have open roads or bridges that can take the loads that need to go on them, then our businesses will suffer," said the governor.

Pennsylvania tax dollars will spread among the district's six counties highlighted with a repaving of Business Route 6 near the Viewmont Mall, which will be paved during the night, and a focus on fixing up the roads in other parts of our area.

No matter where you stand just off the Lenox exit of Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County, there are roads PennDOT plans to pave as part of this project -- from Interstate 81 north and southbound, to State Road 2073 to Creek Road, and even State Road 2020, projects planned in every direction.

And for people at Bingham's Restaurant, it means a lot seeing some of those rural roads getting the attention they deserve.

"It's going to help, it's going to help, yes," said Jim Irving of Clifford.

"I'm always telling my husband, 'Watch that pothole, watch that pothole!'" said Janice Antoine of Fleetville.

A lot of those projects are scheduled to get started shortly as it continues to get warmer, tentatively wrapping up around November.

Lackawanna County

  • 83 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 19 bridges improved or replaced
  • 5 safety projects
  • 6 roadway projects
  • 2 enhancement projects
  • 1 railroad safety project

Luzerne County

  • 85 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 30 bridges improved or replaced
  • 8 safety projects
  • 14 roadway projects
  • 4 enhancement projects
  • 3 railroad safety project

Pike County

  • 46 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 14 bridges improved or replaced
  • 2 safety projects
  • 6 roadway projects
  • 3 railroad safety project

Susquehanna County

  • 121 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 18 bridges improved or replaced
  • 10 roadway projects
  • 2 enhancement projects

Wayne County

  • 83 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 10 bridges improved or replaced
  • 2 safety projects
  • 9 roadway projects
  • 1 local enhancement projects

Wyoming County

  • 41 miles of state roads paved or resurfaced in 2017
  • 13 bridges improved or replaced
  • 5 roadway projects
  • 3 enhancement projects

5 comments

  • PennDot

    Our simplified plan is to create road chaos, make you late for work, and make sure your stuck in traffic wasting vacation time while we have 13 guys watch one do the work and not actually get anything done. We will try to inconvenience you as much.. er I mean as little as possible.

  • dolphins4

    Schuylkill county has the worst roads in the state. Route 309 from McAdoo to the Blue Mountain is the worst. Some of the potholes on 309 are so deep you think a mine shaft opened up.

  • Brian sawecki

    Hey 16 come to Schuylkill County take a nice smooth ride through here but hold your dentures keep your coffee lid on and get ready for a new front end alignment I belive our roads are the worst around oh and the bridges don’t even get me started on them take a look at the bridge heading to Frackville from Shenandoah over route 54 it’s one big patch job after another waiting for that to collapse one day guess their is no money for Schuylkill County lol their will never be either because the people of the government don’t travel these roads I do believe

  • Mike Mafrtinez

    Where are you getting all the money for this, Governor? Is it from that gas tax that your predecessor allowed to rise? You know, that gas tax increase that you used as a campaign issue, but never actually promised to rescind?

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