PennDOT Plans $50 Million Project on Routes 6&11

Published 03/11 2014 05:26PM

Updated 03/11 2014 06:45PM

Drivers in part of Lackawanna County should prepare themselves for more roadwork and this time the project will last for three years.

PennDOT is planning a $50 million project to upgrade part of Routes 6&11 in the Abingtons.

Officials say the work will be done from Clarks Summit all the way to the Wyoming County line.

Some prep work is just getting underway and the project isn't expected to be complete until October 2017.

If you've driven Routes 6&11 in the Abingtons lately, you've probably noticed it could use an upgrade.

The owners of Trovato's Meat Market have.

"I travel it from Dalton up to Clarks Summit everyday to-and-from work and it's bad. I mean they just patched some of the potholes out here which it really needed it," co-owner Carmen Trovato said.

This week, crews have part of the road down to one lane as they're putting a liner in a drainage pipe near Glenburn Pond.

The work signals the start of the $50 million project.

"Essentially we're going to be replacing bridges, putting new superstructure on bridges, repaving the entire stretch of road here," PennDOT spokesman James May said.

Eight bridges along the eight mile stretch will be worked on.

Several new traffic signals, including one new one at the entrance of Keystone College, will be added.

"The road is contured in a curve right around our campus so visibility can be tough and sometimes the cars and trucks can be moving pretty quickly," Keystone College Vice President of Fiance & Administration Kevin Wilson said.

Between now and October 2017, drivers may see a lot of work going on.

"Throughout that time motorists will see all sorts of different traffic patterns depending on the nature of what we're doing," May said. "If we're painting lines, it's usually a moving roadblock we call it. If they're actually paving we'll take it down to a single lane."

At Trovato's Market, which has been along Routes 6&11 for 16 years, owners are hoping the work is done in small sections and the back-ups don't impact business too much.

"If they narrow it down to one lane hopefully it's not a real long strip when they do do it," Trovato said.

Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.