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PennDOT Flood-Recovery Efforts Continue in North Central Pennsylvania

08/24/2018

Montoursville, PA –  PennDOT continues with recovery efforts related to flooding that occurred since late July in District 3’s northcentral region.

PennDOT crews have completed damage assessments and bridge inspections, as well as short-term repairs. There is more work to do, however, and numerous roads in the district remain closed.

Several contracts have been initiated for emergency projects related to recent flooding.

In Lycoming County, a $790,000 contract to stabilize the embankment along Route 87 just north of Route 973 in Plunketts Creek Township and a $81,500 contract to stabilize Route 220 and prevent the stream from jumping the embankment near Glen Mawr were started. This work is associated with flooding that occurred on July 25.

The three roads damaged during the August 13-14 flooding are now open – Route 220 in New Albany, Bradford County, Route 4049 (Central Road/Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, Columbia County, and Route 44 in Anthony Township, Montour County. Additional work is planned to permanently restore Route 220 and Route 4049.

Work continues on Route 2002 (Main Street) in the Nordmont area of Sullivan County, and on Route 187 in Terry and Asylum townships in Bradford County.

More than 60 plans for contracts will be advertised within the next few weeks for repairs related to the flooding.

Contracts are expected to be started soon for debris removal on numerous bridges in Columbia, Montour, Lycoming and Sullivan counties.

In addition to these contracts, PennDOT county maintenance forces have been working at numerous sites throughout the flood-damaged area. Route 2032 in Lycoming County, Route 1049 and Route 4017 in Bradford County and Route 4014 in Sullivan County are now open due to these efforts.

Columbia County maintenance crews this week started a temporary pipe installation on Route 339 in Beaver Township with the goal of having the road open by the end of September.

There currently are 24 roads closed due to flood damage and many other roads that are open but require various levels of repair. A map and list of state roads closed due to flood damage was distributed to school districts, municipalities, legislative offices and emergency operation centers located in District 3.

Recovery efforts will continue until all flood-impacted roads in the region can be opened to traffic.

It may be necessary for PennDOT personnel and contractors to enter onto private property to carry out the emergency repairs necessary to protect damaged highways and bridges and to re-open closed roads. Property owners may be contacted by PennDOT requesting authorization to enter their property for this reason. The cooperation of the public is appreciated, as it greatly expedites PennDOT’s flood recovery efforts. Without the cooperation of the private landowners, many of these emergency projects could be delayed for up to a year.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dave Thompson, 570-368-4202, or at dmthompson@pa.gov.

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