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April 14, 2014

Update: Route 11 Resurfacing Project in Columbia County Begins Monday, April 21

Montoursville – Beginning Monday, April 21, prime contractor HRI, Inc. of Bloomsburg will begin a roadway resurfacing project on Route 11 in Columbia County between Park Street in Bloomsburg and Shaffer Road in Scott Township.Work involves milling the existing roadway and repaving.The majority of work will be performed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday nights through Friday mornings, with some miscellaneous work performed during daylight hours. All businesses will be accessible throughout the construction process.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction as work proceeds. These patterns will shift to alternate lanes as work progresses from the southbound lanes to the northbound lanes of Route 11. Flagging personnel will be on-site to assist the traveling public while entering/exiting businesses or side roads in areas where construction is being performed. The traveling public is asked to please use caution and slow down while traveling through the construction zone.
Montoursville – On Monday, April 7, a PennDOT contractor will restart and soon finish a $3.66 million two-bridge construction/rehabilitation project along Route 405 in West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County. Glenn O. Hawbaker., Inc. will finish up bridge and roadway work left over from last year’s project. The work will include finishing painting on the bridge beams and abutments, final seeding, roadway final paving, line painting and project cleanup.

 Montoursville A public meeting will be held to discuss a Canadian Pacific Railway project to replace its aging crossing at Route 54 in Riverside Borough, just off the Danville-Riverside Bridge in Northumberland County. The meeting will be held at St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall, 240 Sunbury Road, Riverside, PA starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The meeting will gather further public input and provide updates on the continuing coordination with local stakeholders on the best timeframe and method to construct the project in order to minimize traffic impacts.

Montoursville – Motorists in the Shamokin and Trevorton areas of Northumberland County are advised that PennDOT plans to sweep the shoulders of Route 225 from Route 61 in Coal Township through Trevorton in Zerbe Township next Wednesday, April 16.“No Parking” signs will be posted along Route 225 and Route 890 in Trevorton for the sweeping operation. The parking ban will be in effect from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Wednesday. The short section of Route 890 in Trevorton will be swept from Route 225 to the playground at the bottom of the hill.

SELINSGROVE  – Monday, March 10, at the intersection of Market Street and Mill Street in Selinsgrove, crews will start some traffic signal upgrades. There will be some occasional delays at the intersection. Work is expected to be completed around May 1.

BEAVER SPRINGS – Stage Road, in Spring Township, Snyder County, is closed at the bridge over Middle Creek. The bridge is approximately two miles northwest of Beaver Springs and the bridge is being closed for safety reasons. The detour uses Turkey Hill Road and Stull Road. Construction starts in May on a new bridge, the work is expected to be complete by October 1. 

TURBOTVILLE Motorists on Interstate 180 could expect some delays next week.  Work is expected to take place in Northumberland and Lycoming Counties Monday through Saturday.

According to PennDOT, lane restrictions will be in effect in both directions from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. from just east of the Turbotville exit, to just west of the Muncy- Main Street exit.  Traffic patterns will be changing within the daytime hours to accommodate varying work activities.

During the week, the contractor will be hauling rock into the median area, installing erosion and sedimentation control measures, removing trees, placing poles for electrical services and illuminating lights.  The contractor will also be installing rock construction entrances and beginning to place pipe and rock in the temporary crossovers. Meanwhile, a sub-contractor will begin repairs to the substructure of the bridge carrying the interstate over Hughes Road.

The construction will take place weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to stay alert to the changing work-zone traffic patterns between exits 5 and 10 on I-180 next week.  Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. (Codi Jade)

WATSONTOWN – Road work is underway on a $16.1 million road project on a five-mile section of Interstate 180 between exits 5 (Turbotville) and 10 (Muncy Main Street) in Northumberland and Lycoming counties. Flagging is being used during daylight hours only, with lane closures using channelizing devices to allow work activities for surveying, clearing and grubbing (brush removal), and tree removal. This is a large project, delays are likely and motorists are asked to watch for slow or stopped traffic. More about the project here. Work will be done mid-November.

PennDOT’s winter driving advice

When driving during inclement weather, drivers should increase space between their vehicle and the vehicles ahead to allow for increased stopping distances, particularly on snow or ice covered roads.

Drivers are reminded to allow plenty of space around an operating snowplow and never attempt to get between several snowplows plowing side-by-side in a “plow train.” Plow trains are used on interstates and other limited access roads to clear as much of the road as possible in one pass.

Now is the time to prepare vehicles for winter weather to help avoid breakdowns. Motorists should have a mechanic check their vehicles’ battery, belts and hoses, heater and defroster, tires and anti-freeze level. Additionally, motorists should regularly check their wipers, lights, fluid levels and tire air pressure.

Among the items motorists should consider keeping in their vehicles if they expect to be far from home in extreme conditions are non-perishable food, a cellular telephone, water, a heavy blanket, a shovel, a warm hat, gloves, boots, a tow rope or chain, jumper cables, a bag of sand, portable cell phone charger and a brightly colored flag or other piece of material.

If motorists become stranded, they should stay in their vehicles and only run their engines and heaters every half hour, or so. Make sure tailpipes are clear and keep downwind windows open for fresh air. They should also tie a brightly colored flag onto the highest point of your vehicle to help rescuers locate them. PennDOT also recommends that travelers carry a cellular phone for safety.

During the winter months, PennDOT advises motorists to be alert to the possibility of snow squalls. Motorists need to be alert for squalls since they can quickly cause roads to become snow-covered and slick. In addition, heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions, virtually eliminating a driver’s visibility.

If motorists encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers these suggestions:

– Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

– Turn on your headlights.

– Stay in your lane.

– Increase your following distance.

– Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.

– Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.

– Use defroster and wipers.

– Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.

– During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.

– Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.

– Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.

- Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

PennDOT reminds motorists of a new law requiring drivers the removal of all snow and ice from vehicles. There are severe fines if snow or ice that falls from their vehicle causes serious injury or death to other motorists or pedestrians.

The law states, “When snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of the vehicle from which the snow or ice came is subject to a fine of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.”

UNDATED — Watch for local, municipal, and township roadwork crews just about anywhere. These local crews tend not to have the advance notice, and sometimes the extensive signage of a larger road project. Beware of local road crews cutting brush, patching roads and doing other road maintenance.

SUNBURY — Stay tuned to WKOK’s Road Report, 10-minutes before the hour each weekday morning for updates on area road projects.

HARRISBURG — PennDOT has implemented a new traveler’s advisory service. It is called 511 and motorists can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out. Voice prompts will help you localize the information and find out about potential traffic delays.

Here is some PennDOT workzone safety advice:

Penn DOT strongly urges motorists to pay full attention to their driving when approaching and passing through any highway work zone. Obey the posted speed limit. Refrain from tailgating. Be alert to the possibility of slow-moving or stopped traffic ahead. Bring along some relaxing music to listen to. Plan extra time for your travels. Always buckle up.

- All motorists are required to travel with their headlights turned on in all posted work zones, not just active workzones. It is necessary for drivers in vehicles with daytime running lights to turn on their headlights in order to activate their taillights. The penalty for driving without lit headlights in a posted work zone is $25. Some Interstate work zones will have a speed-monitoring device to alert motorists of their speed prior to entering the work zone.

- Active work zones are designated as such to notify motorists when they enter and leave the work zone. A white flashing light attached to the “Active Work Zone When Flashing” sign will indicate an active work zone. The flashing light will only be activated when workers are present and turned off when workers are not present.

- Motorists caught driving 11 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed, automatically will lose their license for 15 days.

Fines for certain traffic violations – including speeding, driving under the influence, and failure to obey traffic devices – are doubled for active work zones. In addition, the law provides for up to five years of additional jail time for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle for a crash that occurred in an active work zone.

Don’t let your friends drive drunk and DO appoint a designated driver. Remember–party hosts are often held liable for drunk driving accidents, which follow parties.