PennDOT Hosts Press Conference on Road Conditions

Today, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Mike Carroll, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director (PEMA) Randy Padfield, Pennsylvania State Police, and PennDOT Engineering District 4 officials held a press conference updating the public on road conditions as a result of this weekend’s rainfall in the Northeast Region.

Flooding from significant rainfall on Saturday, September 9 between 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM resulted in damaged roadways, bridge and road closures, and downed utilities in Lackawanna Luzerne, and Wyoming counties.

“We understand the impacts that these heavy rains and flooding have had on the people of northeast Pennsylvania,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “PennDOT and the Shapiro administration are committed to getting these important repairs completed quickly, and we anticipate most of the impacted roadways will be open this week.”

PEMA officials are directing any residents and businesses affected by flooding to report damage to their local emergency management coordinator.

“PEMA personnel were engaged with county emergency management staff throughout the weekend to monitor any state support that may have been needed,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “We will work closely with our state, county, and municipal partners to assess damages and determine whether or not this incident might meet federal thresholds for assistance.”

Accuweather classified the rain event as “Training Thunderstorms,”  which refers to heavy rain or thunderstorms continuously hitting the same area in a straight line.

The region received the following rainfall totals: 

  • Clarks Summit: 3.52 inches;
  • Falls: 2.81 inches;
  • Dallas: 2.77 inches; and
  • Clarks Green: 4.69 inches. 

Rain fell at the following rates per hour:

  • Clarks Summit: 0.78 inches;
  • Falls: 0.62 inches;
  • Dallas: 0.92 inches; and
  • Clarks Green: 0.85 inches.

There were 23 roads closed due to flooding in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. Currently, 11 have been repaired and reopened, and 12 have remained closed with size planned to be open today including Route 11(Northern Boulevard) in Chinchilla. PennDOT expects the remaining closed roadways to be open by Monday, September 18, 2023.

“All crews will remain solely focused on flood repairs until all work has been completed,” said PennDOT Engineering District 4 Assistant District Executive of Maintenance Jonathan Eboli, P.E. “A combination of department forces and contractors will address damage quickly and efficiently.”

Currently, there are 12 roadways closed:

CountyState Route/Exit/Mile MarkerTownshipStatusReasonEstimated Date of Reopening
LackawannaBloom Ave (Local Road)ScrantonClosedStorm DamageTBD
LackawannaRoute 11 NB/SBChinchillaClosedDowned Tree in WiresMonday, September 11, 2023
LackawannaRoute 3005Ransom TownshipClosedDamaged RoadwayMonday, September 11, 2023
LackawannaRoute 3006 (Milwaukee Road)Newton TownshipClosedBridge FloodedMonday, September 18, 2023
LackawannaRoute 3007 (Evergreen Drive)Ransom TownshipClosedFloodingMonday, September 11, 2023
LackawannaRoute 3009Newton TownshipClosedDamaged RoadwayMonday, September 11, 2023
LackawannaRoute 4032 (Shady Lane Road)South AbingtonClosedDamaged RoadwayMonday, September 15, 2023
LackawannaRoute 4036 (Falls Road)Newton TownshipClosedBridge FloodedTBD
LackawannaRoute 6011 (West Market Street)ScrantonClosedCulvert DamageTBD
LackawannaRoute 4027 (Airport Road)Newton TownshipClosedFloodingMonday, September 18, 2023
LuzerneRoute 1047DallasClosedDamaged RoadwayMonday, September 15, 2023
LuzerneRoute 1047DallasClosedDamaged RoadwayMonday, September 29, 2023

Motorists can check conditions on major roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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