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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • More bridge restrictions coming

  • Thirty nine state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 4’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.
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  • Thirty nine state-owned bridges in PennDOT District 4’s six-county region will be posted with new or lowered weight restrictions to slow the rate of deterioration of those bridges and ensure safety.
    Those structures are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or added weight restrictions on Thursday.
    The restrictions will also apply on 48 county and locally owned bridges in the District 4 area of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
    PennDOT is taking this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or replace these bridges. The lower weight limits will help extend the service life of these deteriorating bridges.
    The following is a list of state-owned bridges in the six-county region that will be posted in coming weeks, along with the new weight restrictions. The list includes combination loads, primarily tractor trailers, which have higher weight limits because of the difference in how their weight is distributed:
    Pike County
    Route 390 over Outlet Fairview in Lake in Palmyra, Township, 22 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 402 over Shohola Creek in Blooming Grove Township, 34 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 2006 (Log Tavern Road) over Dwartfill Creeek in Dingman Township 15 tons, or 26 tons for combination loads.
    Route 4003 (Welcome Lake Road) over Masthope Creek in Lackawaxen Township, 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Wayne County
    Route 191 over Big Brook Creek in Oregon Township, 35 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 191 over Little Equinunk Creek in Damascus Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 296 over Van Aucken Creek in Waymart Borough, 23 tons or 29 tons for combination loads.
    Route 371 over North Branch Calkins Creek in Damascus Township, 25 tons or 35 for combination loads.
    Route 371 over Beaver Dam Creek in Damascus Township, 28 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 1004 (Haise Road) over Calkins Creek in Damascus Township, 24 tons or 28 tons for combination loads.
    Route 1023 (Pine Mill Road/ Rifle Range Road) over South Branch Equinunk Creek in Manchester Township, 34 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Route 1023 (Pine Mill Road/Rifle Range Road) over South Branch Equinunk Creek in Manchester Township, 36 tons or 40 tons for combination loads.
    Route 2007 (Tryon Street) over Holbert Creek in Berlin Township, 21 tons or 27 tons for combination loads.
    Route 4014 (Winterdale Road) over Ball Creeks in Scott Township, 16 tons or 21 tons for combination loads.
    Route 4033 (Old Salem Pike) over Shehawken Creek in Buckingham Township, 20 tons or 24 tons for combination loads.
    PennDOT will begin posting new weight limits on these bridges as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.
    To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’ s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”
     

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