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Construction sites causing challenges


It's easy to get frustrated when you see construction signs. And lately, it seems like they are everywhere. With construction on Main Street, Bittersweet, and Capital Avenue, drivers are forced to adapt. Some more than others.

"While it slows us down sometimes, it doesn't stop us," Dale Dorsey, Director of Transportation at PHM.

These buses have to pick up kids, which often means rerouting.

"When roads are closed, we have to find new roads to go on," says Debbie Anthony, PHM bus driver.

It helps if you know the area like Anthony, who has been a driver for 13 years.

"Construction goes on all the time," she says.

She's used to it, but that doesn't mean there aren't any delays.

"The worst construction project that we can see will delay us maybe five, six, maybe seven minutes," says Dorsey.

The school district is notified by construction companies daily, so they can keep students and parents posted on any changes.

"It's something that happens continually. I don't know that we'll ever get it to end. I think it's an on-going thing," says Dorsey.

They aren't the only ones coming up with a Plan B to get the job done. Penn Township Fire Department has their own way of dealing with the mess. Different routes and extra help.

"Our big thing is that we have agreements with surrounding departments and if we feel there's going to be any delay from the dispatch, we're calling them if they can get there quicker," says Battalion Chief, Al Kirsits.

Because for them, running late could be life or death. But even with back-up plans, these people are ready for the construction to be over.

"We're anticipating 2013 when this is all done. It will be great, it's going to be quicker. I think it will actually help us as a department," says Kirsits.

"It's always nice when the roads are finished and complete and everyone know what's going on," says Anthony.


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