Construction work on any major stretch of highway can be a drag.
But for some commuters who use Route 29 in Luzerne County daily it is a bit confusing
PennDOT crews have been working on a nine million dollar resurfacing project between John S. Fine bridge and Interstate 81 in Nanticoke since late July. Only one lane is open on the Northbound and Southbound lanes of the South Cross Valley Expressway.
While some nearby residents realize the importance of the project, they say there is a major issue when it comes to drivers getting off the highway.
“I notice people speeding. That’s the issue. They come up on it a little to fast and then they realize, ‘oh geeze, I have to turn’.” said William Bolinski
Some residents say that the markers that direct people off the highway are too far a part and could be a little clearer.
Anngenette Norieka offered this idea “Maybe use a different color cone. All orange cones lined up in a row, it’s hard to see the difference.””
Residents say they’ve witnessed minor accidents with people getting off the highway. Hanover Township police say they’ve noticed issues with drivers getting on the highway too. There have been two accidents on the Exit 1 on-ramp within the last few weeks.
PennDOT says it’s up to drivers to exercise caution.
“You’re taking what people know, what they’ve known to be a traffic pattern for the last 20 30 years, then you change it. Whenever you do that, people need to be cautious and that’s why it’s important for people to slow down in these work zones. And be conscientious of others.” Said James May, PennDOT Spokesperson
If anyone has any concerns about the Route 29 Construction project, you can call 1-800- FIX-ROAD.
The lane closures will last until October. Work will resume again in the spring