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PennDOT playing catchup on projects in Warren County

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed some of the construction season this year.

But the slate of projects set for this construction season – some well underway – has a reach from one corner of the county to another.

County Planner Dan Glotz, who also is also the chair of the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee, outlined those projects that are on PennDOT-owned roads and bridge – for the county’s Planning Commission on Wednesday night.

Resurfacing projects include the Ludlow St.-Pennsylvania Ave.- Laurel St.-Fourth Ave. project currently underway as well as Follett Run Rd. between Jackson Run Rd. and Preston Rd.

Glotz said Rt. 27 from Pittsfield to the intersection with Rt. 426 will be paved this year on the heels of an intersection reconfiguration that took place last year.

He said there also is some work remaining on a repaving project on US 6 from Stoneham extending past Sheffield that is a “carry over” from last year.

Shifting to bridge projects, Glotz said Rt. 426 is currently closed while a bridge over the Brokenstraw Creek near Columbus is replaced.

Traffic is also restricted at the location of the Morrison Bridge over the Allegheny Reservoir as that bridge is being rehabilitated.

Glotz explained that other bridge slated for work this season include the bridge over the railroad tracks on Rt. 62 south towards Tidioute, the bridge on US 6 over Roystone Run, Rt. 27 over Browns Run near Matthews Run Rd. and a bridge in Bear Lake over a tributary of the Little Brokenstraw Creek.

He also said there is a metal sluice pipe outside of Lander that is being coated with shotcrete, a type of concrete, which will extend the life of the pipe.

Slide corrections are on tap along US 62 south between Warren and Tidioute and Glotz said that will include some retaining wall work and resurfacing.

There is also work to be completed on streets in the city that are designated local federal aid routes, including the Pennsylvania Ave. project that is ongoing and work on E. Fifth Ave. that is likely to be bid next year.

“This is subject to change,” he noted, indicating the pandemic “screwed things up to begin with. PennDOT is attempting to get back on schedule.”

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