HONESDALE—Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) met with local legislators and governing officials on Friday to discuss department activity in Wayne County.

This construction season is expected to be busy, stated Maintenance Manager Mitchell Simon.

Wayne Country is scheduled for over 20 miles of paving, 97 miles of sealcoat applications, base and edge work covering roughly 94 lane miles, 200 lane miles of shoulder cutting, roughly 125 miles of crack sealing and 10 structures set to be rehabilitated or replaced.

Roads set to be paved this year include Galilee Road at a cost of $775,000, Smith Hill Road at an estimated cost of $413,000, Cortez Road at a cost of $1.5 million, Avoy Road at a cost of roughly $1 million, Callapoose Road at a cost of $225,000, and parts of Route 191 in Lake Ariel at an estimated cost of $50,000.

The estimated total cost for 2017 paving projects comes to $4 million, said Simon.

He stated that the majority of funding for these paving projects derives from a gas tax provided by Act 89.

Paving projects are handled by district-wide crews which recruit workers and resources from all counties in District 4 – Lackawana, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming – making for a more efficient program that is less burdensome on individual counties, stated PennDOT District 4 Assistant District Executive for Maintenance Dennis Giordano.

Questions regarding pothole repairs throughout the county were raised from several attendees.

Andew Seder – District Communications/Constituent Services for Pike and Wayne Counties for the Office of Senator Lisa Baker – mentioned that constituents repeatedly ask about pothole repairs and are disillusioned with the response when calling the repair number, 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Giordano responded stating that teams have been working as actively as possible to make repairs, however due to the late appearance of Blizzard Stella, they were hindered in their ability to plug holes early in the season, as is their goal each year.

Fixing potholes earlier allows more time and effort to be put into addressing structure repairs and maintenance.

Giordano stated that next year will see a redoubled effort to address potholes immediately upon winter's cessation. For now, crews will address those potholes they can while still shoring up the roads for sealing treatment next season.

PennDOT announced several other construction and maintenance projects scheduled for 2017, including bridge replacement operations.

These will be discussed at length in a future edition.