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Location, Safety Markers Part Of Levee Trail Project

October 9, 2018

Location, Safety Markers Part Of Levee Trail Project

Those who flock to the Wyoming Valley Levee Crest Maintenance Road, commonly known as the “levee trail,” after an ongoing repair project is complete will see something new: markings that identify where they are on the trail. The new markings will assist in providing the location of areas in danger during high-water events, according to a news release issued by the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, which maintains the flood protection system along the Susquehanna River. The trail markings are part of the scope of work being performed by Banks Sealcoat Co., which is sealing cracks in the concrete path and performing shoulder repairs along the maintenance road atop the levee. The project started in August and is being completed in stages. The markings serve to identify which of the four sections, or “reaches,” of the levee system the trail runs through. They measure distance using “stations,” a 100-foot unit of measurement which is a throwback to the 100-foot chains with which surveyors marked distances many years ago, according to the news release. The abbreviation STA means “station” in the trail markings. For example, a trail marking of STA 275+00 KNG means 275 stations plus zero feet, or 27,500 feet, in the Kingston to Edwardsville section of the road. Other location identifiers include WB for Wilkes-Barre, HAN for Hanover Twp., PLY for Plymouth, EDW for Edwardsville, FF for Forty Fort and WYG for Wyoming. During periods of emergency high water along the river, trained levee patrol volunteers inspecting the system will reference the specific location and levee reach when reporting on possible problem areas, according to the authority. Mileage identification markings, installed at quarter-mile intervals, will also be applied to the road surface for the benefit of the many walkers, joggers and cyclists who use the 12-mile-long maintenance road for recreation. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117

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