PennDOT's former slogan, "Temporary Inconvenience; Permanent Improvement," certainly applies to a couple of well-traveled roads in Potter County.
Gas companies are spending millions of dollars to upgrade some of the roads they need to carry heavy vehicles required to harvest the bounty locked in shale layers two miles or more underground in Potter County.
PennDOT's most recent "public-private partnership" is with JKLM Energy, the only deep-gas driller with substantial operations in Potter County. That company is helping to foot the bill for two major road improvement projects that will continue next week.
Full-depth reclamation work is underway on North Hollow Road (Rt. 4013) from the Rt. 6 intersection in east Coudersport Borough toward Seven Bridges; and on Rt. 1001 from the village Brookland to Ulysses.
Traffic continues to be detoured while the work progresses. Local traffic is being accommodated by escort cars.
This comes on the heels of the reconstruction of more than 50 miles of Rts. 44 and 144 in southern Potter County during 2015-16. That work zone included the section from Carter Camp to Cherry Springs State Park, as well as the road from Carter Camp to the Lycoming County line.
Energy companies Shell, Tenaska, and Dominion Transmission contributed nearly $2 million toward the $17.5 million project, since weight limits affecting Rts. 44 and 144 had limited the equipment they could transport to natural gas construction sites.