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PennDOT arrogance

October 16, 2013

When I worked for a paving contractor on a four-lane highway we had to keep one of the two lanes open. Not now....

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Oct-16-13 4:49 AM

Impossible Tom, your talking about a government agency doing things efficiently.

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Oct-16-13 6:06 AM

Put the road repair bids out with the several options of road closures and evaluate the different costs and inconvenience. Then make your decision.

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Oct-16-13 7:20 AM

Oh, at least Penn Dot has cleaned the up the litter, sprayed for weeds that were going to die anyway, mowed the grass in October, repaired the edge of the road, brush swept the country bridges. Eventually they will get to the pot holes I suppose.

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Oct-16-13 8:56 AM


PennDot controls the bids very tightly, right down to material selection and how any lane closures are handled.

I can understand closing a bridge (the LTE first example) because when working on it may reduce its load capacity.

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Oct-16-13 4:57 PM

I concur with Premier's commentary. I would only add that work be done at night, when traffic flow is minimal.

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Oct-16-13 9:46 PM


Yes I am sure that PennDOT usually has a very tight bid specification. My point was the specification can be tailored to minimize costs to taxpayers or provide the fastest completion schedule or provide the highest quality highway or provide the least convenience to traffic, etc.

Impacts and inconvinence to drivers will be different for each one of the project primary targets/goals above.

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