State police to motorists: Slow down in Lawrence County construction zone

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 2:41 p.m.

State police and transportation officials are urging motorists to slow down on a stretch of a Lawrence County interstate under construction.

Five miles of Interstate 376, mostly in Pulaski, have been reduced to one lane in each direction since April.

In that time, 700 people have been pulled over, and state police have issued 365 citations and another 310 warnings.

There have been eight crashes, two drunken driving arrests and one road rage arrest since April, police say.

“This is a manned work zone. We want people to be careful,” said Sgt. Steven Driscoll of the Pennsylvania State Police in New Castle.

Some motorists have been clocked driving at more than 80 mph in the 45 mph work zone, Driscoll said. The road ordinarily has a 65 mph limit.

“Workers really fear for their lives. They are very vulnerable when people are driving so far above the speed limit,” said Juliann Sheldon, a PennDOT safety official.

Construction is scheduled to continue through November.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com.

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