Orange traffic cones, fencing, flags and other construction equipment line a five-mile stretch of North Abington Road, from Routes 6 and 11 in Clarks Summit, through the Borough of Clarks Green and into Waverly.
According to PennDOT spokesperson James May, the project is part of a larger contract, including three other roads in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The overall cost for all four roads totals $4.8 million.
The project began with utility work March 5, it was put to bid May 2 and a notice to proceed with construction was given to the contractor June 10. Other roads in the contract include State Route 690 in Lackawanna County, State Route 1001 in Lackawanna County and State Route 2010 in Luzerne County.
According to May, the project is federally funded, with the money coming from the Luzerne and Lackawanna County Metropolitan Planning Organization. He said because of that, the funds were required to be used for Federal Aid Routes, roads which are needed for overall interstate travel. Each of the project roads meet this criteria and hold the highest IRI (International Roughness Index).
The contract description for Abington Road includes, “resurfacing with Superpave asphalt mixture design (HMA) or warm mix asphalt (WMA), scratch and wearing courses, seal coat, milling, base repair, mechanized edge repair, shoulder back-up subbase, ADA ramps, guide rail, signs and pavement markings.”
May said the schedule for this week and next includes finishing the installation of handicap ramps, required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, on the curbs and stormwater management pipes which cross the road.
“One of the things that is important to note,” May said, “is that the cross pipes (the cuts across the road) were simply filled in with temporary fill. Next week, that will be finished with a permanent fill…a lot of the temporary material got washed away during the last big storm. That is all being made permanent this week and next.”
He said the entire contract is scheduled for completion by July 3, 2014, and the Abington Road project is expected to be done by the end of next month.