Cumberland County coordinates road construction projects

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – You’re trying to get somewhere, and then you’re rerouted for road work or construction projects. Cumberland County is working to avoid that by creating a construction coordination coalition for better planning.

The coalition is a result of miscommunication in the past. County leaders tell us of the state repaving roads only to have a municipality rip it up the next year for its own project.

Paul Glass, of Monroe Township, says he was fed up this summer with a county project.

“We complained to the township because of the heavy traffic coming this way,” he said.

Detours from the county’s Leidigh Bridge construction sent big trucks down his tiny road.

“Whenever a tractor-trailer would come here, it would have to turn around and go back,” he said.

Kirk Stoner, the county’s planning director, tells us what happened.

“We received a notice from PennDOT that they were also doing a project nearby and were closing Park Place,” Stoner said. “Park Place was the detour route for our Leidigh Bridge project. We had to go back out and reassign the entire detour route.”

“Those kinds of things that overlap, those jobs are what we’re looking at to better handle from the beginning,” said Dan Storm, PennDOT’s Cumberland County maintenance manager.

Better communication is the goal of the Construction Coordination Council, which includes PennDOT and the county, as well as all 33 municipalities and utility companies.

“So we can avoid those embarrassing duplication of efforts on the same roadway at the same time,” Stoner said.

The county will also keep you informed of those projects with an online interactive map.

“Our hope is that you’ll be able to look at each segment that’s going to be worked on, and click on it, and be able to get information for that project,” Stoner said.

He says that map should be ready by early next year.

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