Roundabout work currently on schedule

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The concrete and drainage for the southern half of the downtown Warren roundabout are complete and Phase 1 of the project is expected to wrap up in about three weeks.

If you’ve driven through the intersection of Market St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in the last 24 hours, you correctly spotted what appeared to be demolition of a portion of the new roundabout.

“What you are seeing is the construction inspection process in action,” PennDOT District Press Officer Jill Harry said on Thursday.

The inspection process required that a section of the concrete work be redone.

“We do not anticipate that causing any significant disruptions in the project timeline,” Harry said.

PennDOT has both in-house and consultant inspectors on all of its construction projects.

“It is their responsibility,” Harry explained, “to ensure that all work meets PennDOT standards and specifications. We take this responsibility seriously because that (is) one of the major ways we ensure that we are providing quality transportation projects.”

As a result of that process, problems creep up from time to time.

“Unfortunately, sometimes that means meeting with a contractor to review work and coming up with a plan to remedy any issues that might have come to light through the inspection process,” Harry said. “Many times the public is not even aware when this happens because it is a routine part of the construction to review and remedy as needed.


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