Paving Plans

The effects of the sweeping $2.3 billion transportation bill signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in November are trickling down to Warren County.

One thing that means a significant amount of road paving coming to the county.

Over the next year and a half, 10 specific paving projects are slated for Warren County.

Mead, Pleasant and Pine Grove townships each have two projects.

In Mead, the Dorcon Road bypass from the Pleasant Township line to the Glade Bridge will be resurfaced

Main Ave. from Pleasant Drive to the railroad crossing and the bypass from Mohawk Ave. to the Mead Township line are the projects in Pleasant Township.

Swede Hill Road and Liberty Street in Pine Grove Township, Conewango Ave. from the Warren City line to Hatch Run in Glade Township and Scandia Road from where resurfacing was most recently completed to the New York state line in Elk Township are also slated for resurfacing.

Three of the larger projects involve Route 6. In Mead, Route 6 from the Glade Bridge to Clarendon Heights will be resurfaced. In Conewango Township, Route 6 will be repaired from the Route 62 bypass to the state police barracks and Route 6 from the Warren County Fairgrounds to the West Main St. intersection in Youngsville will also be repaved.

Warren County Planning Director Dan Glotz said that the projects are of a nature that they will be able to be bid and work can commence quickly. He said that the transportation bill increased funding to the PennDOT districts, which can, in turn, more greatly assist the counties.

The total amount of funding from the bill will be phased in over five years.

Glotz said the Northwest Rural Planning Organization (RPO), the five-county entity that receives one lump sum of state transportation funding to divvy up among the counties, has “to balance projects with funding available. (In the last several years,) we just didn’t have the dollars.

“We are still way behind in terms of projects,” he added. “That is a healthy start.”