Route 309 Rock Removal Project Going Smoothly

PennDOT’s $5.2 million Route 309 rock removal project that began in mid-April has been moving along smoothly with few issues encountered during the past several weeks. Since the start of the project, traffic has been reduced to a single lane in both directions in what was the southbound lane with the crossover beginning just below the mountain. Trucks over 10.5 tons are not permitted to go down the northbound lane from 4 a. m. to 11 p. m. and no trucks are allowed to go up the mountain during the lane restriction.

Local and state officials have

been meeting regularly in Fairview Township with representatives of PennDOT, law enforcement and the general contractor, to discuss any problems that arise. At their July 31 meeting, Tom Yoniski, field representative for state Senator Lisa Baker, reported, “Things are going very good. We’ve had only one or two small issues.” Yoniski noted the first issue was a “snafu” with the signage. At a previous meeting on June 12, it was noted there was confusion on the placement and wording of the truck detour signs that, said Yoniski, has been worked out. The second issue was one blasting incident. On July 8th, the mountain was closed when shale flowed into both lanes after blasting, blocking both the north and southbound lanes for several hours.

PennDOT project engineer Ed Goy explained that during blasting, in the middle of the hard and soft rock, the middle was hit and flowed like water butLatonaConstructionCo. got it open.

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