Wyoming County chief clerk Bill Gaylord (top, right) rolled out a map (above) detailing PennDOT District 4’s plans for Wyoming County during the March 21 meeting of the County Commissioners. Numerous bridges are earmarked for major repairs or replacement.
Photos and Story by Rick Hiduk
Thirteen state-owned bridged will be improved or replaced in the coming year, according to plans released by PennDOT District 4 to Wyoming County officials. A map with corresponding colored legend unveiled by county clerk Bill Gaylord at the courthouse on Tuesday shows that major surface upgrades are also planed for 17 stretches of state-owned highways throughout the county.
Additional projects include guiderail repairs and replacements, slide repair and new rumble strips, and funding for several projects adjacent to highways. Some of the projects on the map were started in 2016 and will be completed this year, and others will be bid out this year and started, but may not be completed until 2018.
In addition to the bridge work, projects garnering the most excitement among the commissioners are the planned repaving of Tioga Street through Tunkhannock and the rebuilding of 4.11 miles of Route 92 from Osterhout south through McKune toward Falls. The latter will be conducted by local PennDOT crews themselves, and the Tioga Street project will proceed with the aid of some federal funding. Nearly five miles of the Route 6 Bypass and Route 6 east of Tunkhannock will also be paved with federal funds.
The lower portion of Route 87 near Procter & Gamble will be resurfaced, as will Route 267 north from Meshoppen to the Susquehanna County line. About six miles of Route 29 south from the Walmart intersection will be resurfaced, as will the section of Route 29 from it junction with Route 307 to Noxen.
Numerous secondary roads in Monroe, North Moreland, Overfield, Falls, Clinton, Nicholson, Lemon will get much-needed attention this year. Slide repair is planned along Route 6 in Braintrim and Washington townships and Route 29 in Noxen Township.
Bridges that will be affected by the PennDOT maintenance planned are marked by the brown dots on the map above and are scattered throughout the county. Of particular interest is the one lane, wooden Vosburg Bridge that carries SR 3007 over the railroad tracks in Washington Township.
Projects that will received funding from PennDOT this year include the Nicholson railroad station along Route 11 and the Trolley Trail at Keystone College.