HONESDALE – PA Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) officials presented the plans for the 2019 summer road construction projects, with this year’s efforts focused on the west central part of Wayne County.
The majority of the road surfacing targets 90 miles of state roads mostly in Canaan, Cherry Ridge, Clinton, Dyberry and South Canaan Townships with local crews. Plans include the resurfacing of the entire length of Route 296, the Owego Turnpike from Route 191 to Route 296, Route 170 from Route 6 to Creamton, Cortez Road, Tuthill Road, Beech Grove Road, Egypt Road, Bridge Street, Wanoka Road, Mid Valley Road and 10 other State route segments.
Paving contractors will be resurfacing another 45 miles of State highways, including Route 6 from Honesdale to Hawley and Route 196 from Varden to Route 191, along with Pine Mill, Elk Lake, Galilee, Cemetery and Old Tannery Roads. Others roads set for resurfacing include Turnpike Road, Dennis Road, Oregon Turnpike, Peggy Runway Road, Butternut Flats Road, Conklin Hill Road, Wescott Road and Golf Hill Road.
As the statewide Rapid Bridge Replacement program draws to a close, only two projects are on the PENNDOT agenda for Wayne County in 2019: one carrying Belmont Turnpike over the West Branch Lackawaxen River in Pleasant Mount; another carrying Route 191 over Spring Run near Newfoundland.
Safety improvements, including additional turning lanes, are set for Hamlin corners and work continues on slide repairs on Route 191 in Buckingham Township and River Road in Damascus Township. To improve driver safety, a number of areas along Route 191 south of Honesdale, Route 590 in Salem and Paupack Townships and Hoadleys Road between Route 191 and 590 are scheduled to receive High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST). According to the Federal Highway Administration, HFST involves the application of very high-quality aggregate using a polymer binder to restore pavement friction to help motorists maintain better control in both dry and wet driving conditions.
2019 Construction Season Map