Roadwork scheduled for the ‘Back Road’

By Geri Gibbons - | May 7th, 2016 10:18 pm

Areas of a 10-mile stretch of roadway that runs from Exeter to Swoyersville will be under construction for about a month, according to PennDOT officials.

The street — known as “the Back Road” and designated as state Route 1010 — was heavily congested on Thursday as crews worked to prepare the surface for paving.

“As of Friday handicapped ramps have been installed, and the street had been milled,” said Mike Taluto, of PennDOT.

Residents seem to be taking the inconvenience in stride, looking forward to seeing the roadway, previously pitted with holes and uneven surfaces, again become a smooth service.

“Everyone cries about how bad the roads are,” said Frank Morder, of West Wyoming. “Now we’re crying because of the inconvenience. When they’re finished, we will think how great it is and that it’s long overdue.”

Morder said he tries to figure out where crews are working on a daily basis so he can detour around the congested area.

Taluto acknowledged that motorists will be experiencing some inconvenience in the upcoming weeks.

“There are going to be some intermittent delays,” he said. “The weather will also affect the work.

Swoyersville Councilman Joseph Olejnick said he hopes that residents will take any delays in stride.

“It’s a minor inconvenience for much improved roads,” said Olejnick.

Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert agrees.

“A little delay is worth the results in the end,” he said. “I have fought for years for this, and I’m thrilled it’s finally happening.

Main Street in Swoyersville Borough is milled and ready for paving. Street in Swoyersville Borough is milled and ready for paving. Pete G. Wilcox | Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

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