Warmer winter months help PennDOT workers keep busy with other projects

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DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Like it or not, winter is coming, and it can be brutal. However, the effects of an unseasonably warm December are being felt by road and construction crews.

When you think of December in Northeastern Pennsylvania, snow and road plows come to mind. But crews certainly haven’t seen much of that so far this year. When there isn’t snow to plow or icy roads to treat in the winter what are PennDOT crews up to?

“We have an aggressive schedule planned for the winter,” said Michael Walsh, Senior Civil Engineer Supervisor.

December’s unseasonably warm temperatures are helping keep road and construction projects on track.

“When there’s no snow falling, we still have our crews out doing standard of care work. This includes mowing, cracked ceiling patching where we can, and any other maintenance items that need to be taken care of,” said Jessica Ruddy, PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator, District 4.

PennDOT District 4, which serves Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties is working on several construction projects this winter.

“We have our twin bridges project right here in Dunmore taking place. We’re replacing two bridges there and doing construction of I-84,” said Ruddy.

Construction on the more than $100 million project started in the spring of 2020. Michael Walsh, the senior civil engineer supervisor says the warm weather’s been great to stay on schedule.

“Any warm weather that we experience will minimize delays that may be caused by snow and cold weather,” said Walsh.

And when another winter storm makes its way to NEPA, there’s plenty of salt on hand. In the meantime, construction crews will work right through the winter. Snowfall will pause work, but only temporarily.

“Several inches, a foot, would temporarily stop us until we could remove the snow from the work areas but we intend on working right through the winter,” Walsh said.

Next week PennDOT will announce their end-of-the-season construction projects along with next year’s projects.

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