Major Route 22 surfacing project to begin today

Work was expected to begin today on a $6.7 million resurfacing project on Route 22 in Northampton County.

The work will be conducted on Route 22 between Route 191 and 25th Street in Bethlehem and Palmer Townships. The project includes work on all ramps at the Route 22 and 33 interchange.

Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. Inc. of Woodstown is the general contractor on the project.

The contractor intends to work first on 22 west, then move to 22 east followed by the ramps at the 22 and PA 33 interchange.

Work will be done primarily at night and on weekends. Road restrictions will be in place 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

PennDOT noted work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance. The project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, includes protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

PennDOT resumes road work May 1

PennDOT returns to work May 1. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES –

As Pennsylvania slowly begins to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be getting back to work Friday.

PennDOT Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian said both public and private construction projects will be resuming May 1, including PennDOT highway and bridge construction projects.

On March 17, in response the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, PennDOT halted all construction projects in the state except for those that were an emergency.

Gramian said road and bridge projects will start based on project-specific factors including location and the ability to enact social distancing protocols. Workers will use face coverings, there will be job-site cleaning protocols in place and construction sites will have managed entries.

The safety plan, as well as a general framework for restarting construction projects, was developed by a PennDOT-led multidisciplinary team with representation from the construction industry and the consulting engineering community, as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Federal Highway Administration.