PA DOT State Route 6, Exit 7 Improvements

SOLUTION

Additional turning lanes with new Traffic Signal

MARKET

Roadwork

TECHNIQUE

MPT, Road Widening for Safety Improvements with new Traffic Signal and Advance Signage

LOCATION

Carbondale, PA

State Route 6 is an important line of travel and commerce that connects Northeast Pennsylvania.

As traffic increased, so did the need for improvements.  Exit 7 on State Route 6 in Carbondale is at the end of a busy four-lane highway.  At the exit, the road quickly transitioned back to a two-lane local road with an exit to south bound routes and Carbondale.

Naturally, this quick transition made for unsafe driving conditions for those who share the road.  Frequent accidents occurred at this intersection due to the steep grade approaches, limited sight distances, and high volume of traffic.  Changes needed to be made, and fast, to intervene and prevent further accidents or traffic disruptions.

PennDOT designed a new intersection with multiple safety measures to warn traffic.  Next, PennDOT sought a firm that had the experience, skills, and resources to make the improvements.  PennDOT turned to Leeward Construction, Inc. for those exact reasons.  Leeward Construction, Inc. was awarded this project and assembled a team of intercompany staff and subcontractors.  Our team was able to divide and conquer, ensuring the best in the industry were assigned to each stage of the project.

For constructed issues, such as the sudden shift in lanes and high-volume traffic, Leeward Construction, Inc. coordinated lane widening, new advance signage, and pavement markings.  Visibility and the steep grade approaches are not man-made obstacles on the road, but Leeward Construction, Inc. in cooperation with PennDOT was able to install man-made safety measures, such as new lighting and signals, updated drainage, rumble strips, high friction surface course, and a new barrier.

All work was completed under live, high-volume traffic which was maintained smoothly for the duration of the project.  Once Leeward Construction, Inc. completed construction and Exit 7 officially reopened, the busy stretch of PA State Route 6 saw an improved flow of traffic as safety and road quality were restored.

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