Bonnie Akers, of Hughesville, has been named the state Department of Transportation's District 3-0 Employee of the Month for August.
Akers is a key member of the district's fiscal unit. She has a reputation for being a reliable employee who can be counted on to provide the unit with accurate information.
She is well organized, which enables her to recall information quickly. She is a team player and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need of assistance.
She has been recognized for her excellent work ethic and attitude. A large portion of her responsibilities is to process reimbursement payments for engineering and construction of local road and bridge projects in the district's nine counties. She has especially made her mark in Marcellus invoice processing.
Akers' work is reviewed by the central office, which produces a monthly summary report that determines if the invoices were sent out in a timely fashion and whether there were any errors with the invoices. She excels at producing invoices by the deadline and with no errors.
Her work is thorough and timely. She is a critical part of the fiscal unit and is appreciated by her co-workers for the excellent job she does. She also has been a supporter of the district Red Cross Blood Drive.
Akers is a nine-year PennDOT employee. She is a Marine Corps mom, with a son Ryan, who is stationed in North Carolina and is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, and a daughter Ashley, who is married to a Marine and is living in Japan where he is stationed.
Pipe installation will close West Hill Road
in Tioga County
Weather permitting, a maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin a pipe installation project on Route 2022 (West Hill Road) in Putnam Township this week.
The project is expected to begin on Monday and completed by Wednesday.
The road will be closed during the project and a detour will be in place using Kendrick Road, Route 660 and North Williamson Road.
Rail freight projects get state funding
On Aug. 15, Gov. Tom Corbett announced that 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania were approved for funding from two PennDOT-managed programs.
"Transportation is a proven economic driver and these investments will help these companies maintain and create more jobs,'' Corbett said. "Ensuring that these facilities and assets are ready to meet consumer demands is vital to keeping our state competitive."
The State Transportation Commission voted Aug. 14 to approve nearly $35.9 million for 13 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and 26 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program. The former is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and the latter is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund.
The Rail Transportation Assistance Program provided $4.3 million to install cross and switch ties, renew several crossings, install bridge ties and other track work for RJ Corman Railroad Group PA Lines in Cambria, Clearfield, Clinton and Indiana counties.
The Rail Freight Assistance Program provided funds for the following projects:
In Bradford County, $697,417 to install 1,800 feet of track, a new switch, two conveyors and a track scale for Northeast Freight Transfer Inc.
In Bradford and Wyoming counties, $353,500 to rehabilitate, raise, line and surface rail sidings at the Wyalusing Terminal for Lehigh Railway LLC.
In Centre County, $250,000 to complete improvements including track and turnout construction, upgrading rail and installing drainage for SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority.
In Columbia County, $250,000 to relocate and replace a turnout, construct 1,600 feet of track and install a grade crossing, for Autoneum North America Inc.
In Lycoming County, $224,000 to construct 800 feet of track providing new rail service at the Montoursville facility, for Jersey Shore Steel.
In Union County, $250,000 to construct a turnout, 500 feet of track as well as improvements for offloading rail cars, for Heller's Gas Inc.
PennDOT posting weight limit on Cummings Creek Road
PennDOT is advising motorists in Tioga County that a road will be posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restriction.
Route 4027 (Cummings Creek Road) in Middlebury, Farmington and Nelson townships will get the weight restriction along its entire length, from Route 249 to Route 49.
The posting is being made on the basis of a traffic-and-engineering study indicating that this highway may be damaged by the use of vehicles that exceed the restriction.
School buses and local-delivery trucks are exempted from the postings.
The posting will take effect as soon as the required signs are erected. A PennDOT maintenance crew is scheduled to place the road posting signs on Aug. 29.
Pipe replacements planned on Route 973
A PennDOT maintenance crew in Lycoming County will close a section of Route 973 in Anthony Township for six pipe replacements.
The work will be performed between Route 3013 (Quenshukeny Road) and Route 3015 (Daugherty's Run Road).
Route 973 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day from Monday, through Sept. 2.
A detour will be in place using Daugherty's Run Road, Route 3023 (Kiess Hill Road) and Quenshukeny Road.
Two-month detour starts Monday
LOCK HAVEN - Work to repair a Clinton County bridge will start Monday and will involve a two-month detour.
The state-owned bridge spans the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, near McElhattan on McElhattan Drive.
Originally built in 1971, the bridge is 1,224 feet long and carries an average of more than 3,700 vehicles each day. Work will include replacement of the bridge dams, deck repairs and sub-structure repairs.
The detour uses Route 150 and Route 220. The closure and detour will be in effect until Oct. 25.
The contractor for the $1.5 million job is Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., of State College.
Roadwork is scheduled by the state Department of Transportation in the following counties this week:
Pipe replacement along Route 864 in Wolf Township on Monday through Wednesday and along Route 973 in Anthony Township on Monday through Friday.
Install guiderail on bridge along Route 2077 on Beaver Run Road in Franklin Township on Monday and Tuesday and along Route 2022 on Pleasant Valley Road in Eldred Township on Wednesday through Friday.
Bridge replacement along Route 2039 on Warrensville Road in Eldred Township on Monday through Friday.
Patching along Route 15 in Lewis Township on Monday through Wednesday and along Route 2031 on Fairview Road in Loyalsock Township on Thursday and Friday.
Herbicide spraying along Route 4001 on Little Pine Road in Cummings Township on Monday, along Route 554 in Washington Township on Tuesday, along Route 654 in Susquehanna Township on Thursday and along Route 414 in brown Township on Friday.
Mowing along Route 44 in Limestone Township on Monday through Wednesday, along route 654 in Susquehanna Township on Thursday through Friday,, along Route 864 in Wolf Township on Monday through Wednesday, along Route 2030 on Reeder Road in Mill Creek Township on Thursday and Friday, along Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township on Monday though Wednesday and along Route 54 in Clinton Township on Thursday and Friday.
Infiltration testing along Route 6 in Wellsboro Borough and Charleston Township on Monday through Friday.
Paving along Route 249 in Chatham and Westfield townships on Monday through Friday.
Ditching along Route 414 in Liberty and Union townships on Monday through Friday.
Bridge deck replacement along Route 1005 in Sullivan Township on Monday through Friday.
Pipe Replacement along Route 2022 on West Hill Road in Putnam Township on Monday through Friday and along Route 2027 in Richmond Township on Monday through Friday.
Shoulder back up along Route 3010 in Delmar Township on Monday through Wednesday.
and along Route 3011 in Charleston Township on Thursday and Friday.
Patching along Route 4021 in Nelson and Farmington townships on Monday through Friday.
For downed signs and dead deer pick-up call 1-800-fix-road or 570-724-4142.
Bridge Work along Route 1055 on Battle Creek Road in Windham Township.
Base repairs along Route 4030 on Doty Hill Road in Southcreek and Ridgebury townships and along Route 3021 on Windfall Road in Granville and Leroy townships.
Mill paving notches along Route 467 in Orwell Township.
Guiderail work and sign installation and repair will take place county wide.
Pipe replacement along Route 4018 on Wolcott Hollow Road in Athens Township.
Driveway adjustments along Route 4013 on Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township.
Shoulder cutting along Route 4020 on Mile Lane Road in Athens Township, along Route 4018 in Ridgebury and Athens townships and along Route 4021 on Chapel Road in Ridgebury and Smithfield townships.
Drainage work along Route 3002 on Overton Road in Albany Township and along Route 3004 on Hatch Hill Road in Albany Township.
Contractor work will take place along Route 14 in Canton Borough from Tioga Street to Alba.
Contractor work will take place along Route 6 on Wysox Golden Mile at night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Bridge replacement along Route 154 in Elkland Township on Monday through Friday.
Mechanical patches along Route 87 in Cherry Township on Tuesday through Friday.
Washout repairs along Route 4006 in Elkland Township on Monday and Tuesday.
Patching along Route 220 in Davidson Township on Wednesday through Friday.
Mowing Monday through Friday along Route 54 in Rush and Ralpho townships, along Route 61 in Coal Township, along Route 487 in Ralpho Township and along Route 4013 on Captain Bloom Road in Shamokin and Rockefeller townships.
Base repairs Monday through Friday, along Route 54 in Mount Carmel Township, along Route 225 in Lower Mahanoy Township and along Route 3018 in Jordan Township.
Small paint markings along Route 147 in Jackson Township on Monday through Friday.
Patching along Route 642 in West Chillisquaque on Monday through Friday.
Bridge replacement along Route 2027 on Cider Press Road in Upper Mahanoy Township on Monday through Friday.
Pipe trench patching along Route 4004 on Sunbury Road in Rush Township on Tuesday through Friday.
Sign upgrades on Monday through Friday along Route 4005 in Upper Augusta Township, along Route 4020 in Lower Augusta Township and along Route 4026 in Shamokin Township.
Pipe replacement along Route 4009 in Upper Augusta Township on Monday through Friday.
Base repairs along Route 45 west of Lewisburg in East Buffalo Township on Thursday.
Bridge work along Route 3005 on Pleasant Grove Road in Lewis Township on Monday through Friday - detour in effect.
Patching along Route 3007 on Buffalo Road in Mifflinburg Borough on Friday.
Guiderail repairs along various routes on Monday through Friday.
Sign work and mowing will take place county wide Monday through Friday.