With its location near the tri-state corners, Monroe County has become the second fastest growing county in Pennsylvania causing an influx of commuters. Not going unnoticed by the Department of Transportation, engineers designed the Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project to accommodate the swelling number of travelers; including a new Park N Ride.
Upon the release of the bid package, it became clear this project would present challenges to any contractor interested. Neither the use of the metric scale nor the constricted timeframe discouraged Leeward from submitting their quote in December of 2008; leading to the awarding of the project in the weeks that followed.
Positioned approximately five miles from exit 309 off of Interstate 80, the job will consist of multiple phases to ensure the ease and safety of the migrant workforce. The largest portions of work will be incorporated within the reconfiguring of Oak Grove Drive. While utilizing the existing roadway to detour traffic, crews will construct a new route for Oak Grove Drive connecting it perpendicularly with Mt. Nebo Road. In order to accomplish this feat, a new bridge structure will be assembled over Pond Creek while an existing bridge will be replaced. Additional requirements for the road include a drainage system, curbing, lighting, pavement overlay, guiderail and line striping.
As teams are building the new Oak Grove Drive from scratch, work will begin on the 418 space parking lot. Once the site is excavated to grade, about 900 cubic yards of concrete will be poured to form the curbs and sidewalks followed by the asphalt paving of the entire area. Final stages will include shoulder establishment and restoration, landscaping, installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Oak Grove Drive, Mt. Nebo Road and SR 209, and finally the demolition of the existing bridge structure on the soon to be abandoned portion of Oak Grove Drive. When all is said and done, the project will be finished in its entirety in a projected nine months