Hi Joe --
HELP!! Your heads-up info would be much appreciated! Getting around the area is a nightmare!!
What a surprise and horror when I couldn't get home from Media this afternoon! I had gone out toward Concordville in the morning using Barren Road so there was no problem. This afternoon 252 was at a standstill when I unknowingly turned onto it at 5 Points from Monroe. I inched my way toward Ridge and then wound through town out to Ridley Creek Rd. to Sycamore to Steeplechase and then Providence. Thank goodness the weather was clear today and there was no snow or ice to contend with. Also, the huge potholes and gravelly roads make one feel like they are driving through an obstacle course.
Why is Orange Street Bridge closed at the same time the work is being done on the Rt. 1/252 overpass?? At least one could cross over Rt. 1 at that point if Orange St. was open!! Great planning by PENNDOT (or whoever is responsible)!!!
I know we have more than a year of this ahead of us..... I can't imagine getting out of the neighborhood when they start work at the Providence Rd./252 area!
Just had to vent.....
I hear y’all. Odd choice of timelines with some of these activities, I agree. We wait for 20 years to get this Providence Road/252 project underway and PENNDOT releases work orders for what seems like the whole state simultaneously. Neither the contractor for the 252 project, ROADCON, nor the PENNDOT regional operations manager for our area knew anything about the closure of the Orange Street Bridge over US1 until a neighbor on Highland alerted me and I alerted them of the signs announcing its closure! Nor was there much informational coordination between parties on yesterday’s traffic mess near the bypass, as repair work being done by the UPT Sewer Authority was unannounced to the Township and ROADCON. With the Gradyville Road Bridge being scheduled for repair anytime now, we are now in a mode of receiving good news and bad news for the same event at the same time.
I have been in numerous meetings with PENNDOT over the past few months and do NOT sit there like a wallflower, I assure you. However, a certain ‘fatalism’ overcomes even the strongest of us as the reality of moving Verizon, PECO, AQUA, and PENNDOT toward common critical scheduling comes into focus. Even IF everything went smoothly and without unforeseen issues, such as dealing not only what can be seen ABOVE ground but with miles of wires and pipes that lie BENEATH the roadways, such coordination, while not Herculean, is at least daunting.
So what do we know? Well, maybe, for starters, I guess we need to recognize that, sometimes, when it rains, it pours. Yes, we will all experience frustrations over these coming months. But, we should all be happy in the long run. The traffic will be smoother and calmer and trees will be planted and grow. I truly believe that the professionals involved in this construction program are very good at what they do and are devoted to a positive end. Getting there will not be as fast as we want it to be and, again, pardon my fatalism, probably not on schedule. But, the good news is that work on these roadway improvements has started, and it will indeed end.
So, for now, I strongly suggest that you and we all slow down, drive very cautiously and safely, avoid wrecking our tires and wheel rims while traversing the minefield of potholes, and practice patience. Hey, if meditation works, let me know.
That's about all I can report for now, most of which you already know. As I hear of any major closure or event that will help you reroute or better navigate the area, I'll certainly keep you updated. Otherwise, no new news means "road work ahead". AND, for those of you who must vent and believe I can handle it simply because I ran for public office, I'm good with that! I just ask that, at the end of any lengthy rants, please finish with a "thanks for listening, Joe".
Take care, neighbors!