Rocks create problems on Rt. 248 in Carbon
State Department of Transportation officials were called out to remove several rocks from a portion of Route 248 near Bowmanstown early yesterday morning.
Though not believed to be a major rockslide, PennDOT's county maintenance office did receive a call at around 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to spokesperson Ron Young.
Contacted this morning, Young told the TIMES NEWS the staff went out a little after 4 a.m. yesterday, at which time three or four rocks had to be removed from the roadway.
Though not confirmed by PennDOT, one driver's account to the TIMES NEWS said there were rocks along the highway early last evening, which caused several vehicles to pull off onto Gun Club Road to assess potential damage, with others parked along the highway.
"When they [PennDOT officials] were there, there were no personal vehicles there that had damage," Young said. "That doesn't mean something didn't happen last evening; we just didn't get any calls."
Young noted "That area is a known rock area due to the cut in the mountain."
"Motorists who travel that area everyday probably know that," he said. "If you don't [travel it everyday], you need to be cautious; there are signs of falling rock."
In Feb. of 2012, several vehicles sustained flat tires as the result of rocks down along a portion of the highway westbound, west of the Bowmanstown exit.
At that time, rocks were in the roadway, and caused three vehicles to have flat tires. No injuries were reported, nor was there any severe damage to any of those vehicles in that incident.