Road On Top Of County Levees Undergoing Maintenance
The road on top of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority’s levees lets authority employees quickly travel around the flood protection system and is a destination for walkers and cyclists.
That road is getting some maintenance. It’s in good condition but is more than 20 years old, said executive director Christopher J. Belleman.
The authority is filling in large cracks in the road surface, removing most U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey markers, doing repairs to the shoulder of the road and applying a coat of sealant to the surface.
Banks Sealcoat Company LLC of Forty Fort won the project with a bid of $213,100. A $100,000 Local Share Account grant, which is funded by tax revenue generated by the state’s casinos, including Mohegan Sun Pocono, helped pay for the work.
The sealant will close microscopic cracks in the road surface, protecting the pavement from moisture that could expand to form the beginnings of a pothole.
The contractors will also remove Army Corps of Engineers’ survey markers. The survey markers are embedded in long concrete pillars, some of which have heaved up from the ground. The contractor will remove about a foot from the top of the pillars and fill in the hole. The authority plans to salvage the survey markers, clean them and use them for paperweights or gifts.
When the surface is smoothed, work crews will paint information on the road that will identify stations along the flood protection system. Those will help emergency responders better identify where they are on the system, Belleman said.
“When emergency responders are out there, typically it’s 3 a.m., it’s pitch black and pouring rain,” he said. “If there’s an issue out there, they can look at a station number to see where they are at, report it in and we can know exactly where they are and respond.”
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