HONESDALE--As earlier reported, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) met with local state, county and township officials Friday, July 28 to discuss its plans for the remainder of the 2017 construction season.

A prominent topic for discussion was the list of ten bridge projects anticipated for the 2017 construction.

Chief among these was the Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA bridge spanning the Delaware River at the end of Route 652.

As earlier reported, this season's construction mobilization for the bridge was scheduled to begin back in May and last until the end of September 2018.

The bridge will remain restricted to a single lane, controlled via traffic light for the duration of construction save for, at most, 15 overnight closures.

The work is contracted to D.A. Collins Construction Company.

Pennsylvania's contribution to the construction is $6 million.

Containment barriers are expected to be in place this week so deck replacement can begin.

PennDOT District 4 Assistant District Executive for Maintenance Dennis Giordano added that the first of the overnight closures is scheduled for August 21.

During the closure, a detour will be put in place rerouting traffic accordingly.

Giordano added that the contractors stated they will be able to open the bridge in the event that emergency services vehicles will need to cross.

PennDOT District 4 Maintenance Manager Mitchell Simon stated that emergency coverage plans have been put in place to expedite rescue services during the closure.

The other buzzworthy bridge discussed was the one in Honesdale Borough on 191 spanning Dyberry Creek.

The $1.2 million project will see superstructure and deck replacement, prompting a single-lane traffic pattern.

County officials were relieved to hear the lane closure is set to begin the day following the end of the Wayne County Fair.

“It's gonna be a tight construction season for them to finish everything the way they're supposed to … but they said they can get it done,” said Giordano.

Thanking the PennDOT representatives, Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith stated “The fair has a huge economic impact on our area ... putting that off till the end of the fair is just very, very appreciated, so thank you.”

Other bridges scheduled for or completed this year mentioned at the meeting were in Dreher, Canaan, Sterling, Lake and Scott Townships.

Total anticipated cost for those replacements comes to roughly $4.5 million.

State Representative Jonathan Fritz (R-111) pointed out that there are over two thousand bridges in Wayne County, coming to an average of one every two miles.

He asserted that the need to rehabilitate the county's bridge network is strong.

Simon also discussed PennDOT's plan for maintenance, repair and upkeep in the future. The details of which will be presented in a future edition – the last of these regarding the department's most recent Customer Advisory Board Meeting.