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  • The hill between Summit Hill and Lansford was at a standstill for hours.

Published November 15. 2018 03:04PM

Readers all over the region are reporting icy conditions.

A crash with injury was reported in Towamensing Township at Boyer Farm Road and Forest Inn Road at 5:15 p.m. Route 209 is closed between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe due to a tractor trailer blocking the road in the Packerton Dip as of 5:30 p.m. 

As of 6:30 p.m crashes were reported all over Monroe County, with Route 33 closed from Bartonsville and Interstate 80 East closed  from East Stroudsburg exit 308 to Delaware Water Gap exit 310 due to tractor trailer stuck blocking the road.

All lanes were closed on Kunkletown Road between Fiddletown and Weir Lake Road because of a multi-vehicle crash. 

A bus carrying students was stuck near Lehighton as of 4:15 p.m.]There was a crash on the driveway of the Mahoning Walmart around 4:15 p.m.

Mansion House is currently one lane going downhill as of 3:55 p.m. Uphill is closed.

A tractor trailer is disabled on Route 93 as of 4 p.m. A pickup truck was reportedly attempting to pull it with a chain.

Mahoning Township Police reported a crash on the Mansion House Hill just before 3 p.m.

Many drivers are struggling driving through the Packerton Dip at 3:15 p.m.

Mahoning Township Police reported a crash on the Mansion House Hill at 2:50 p.m. It was not closed as of 3:15 p.m.

There were multiple injuries reported in an accident at 430 W. Patterson St. in Lansford.

Lehighton Police reported a tractor trailer carrying cars was slowing traffic at 3:10 p.m.

A crash on Route 534 was blocking traffic at 3:24 p.m.

Someone reported a bump on the head in a crash in Lansford at 3:15 p.m.

Both Lansford side Hill and Bugzie's Hill are closed and cars all over. The hill between Summit Hill ans Lansford has been at a standstill since 1 p.m. Lisa Hiles reported that a PennDOT truck came through but was empty.

A crash happened in the curves at LaRoses just after 1 p.m.

Route 903 is snow-covered as in 902 out of Lehighton.

In Monroe County, crashes were reported at  Jonas Road and Toll Road and Effort,  and Kunkletown and Bearpath Roads just after 3:30 p.m.

If you see more crashes update us in the comments or email


But PennDOT was prepared and did a wonderful job as always, these problems should never occur because penndot is the best.
With all the increased funding that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has received, it is inexcusable that only a few inches of snow brought our state to a virtual standstill. Motorists were trapped on highways for in excessive of 12 hours. This is a true infrastructure failure. Our state's Department of Transportation grabbed all those additional dollars and yet did next to nothing to mitigate the effects of a relatively minor storm. Please write to the governor and ask that he hold them accountable.  Their funding dollars should depend on the the Department of Transportation keeping the roads passable and open, especially during minor storms. They need to be brought to task! We need a new Executive Director of PennDot!
The actual PennDOT rank and file do what the supervisors direct them to do and use the tackle provided them. So I don't want to be critical of them.

Having said that I left Easton at 3:30PM and arrived at home at 7:15, this is a 44 mile trip that took 3 hours 45 minutes average speed 11 MPH. I'm actually lucky I have a vehicle that is great in the snow, I passed by many stuck and stranded cars along the way.

To summarize the experience, Rt. 22 west to Rt. 33 north, then Rt.248 west to Rt. 209 north, then local roads to home. During the almost 4 hours driving, 3 and a half on state maintained roads (40 miles), I observed two (2) PennDOT vehicles and no (0) PennDOT contracted vehicles.
I understand that the crews cannot be in all places all of the time. However, it was apparent that the stretch of rt. 248 from Nazareth to the gap had not seen a plow truck on the east bound side. Going up the hill from Bath (headed east) looked like something from a science fiction movie, cars all over.

But hands down the worse part was Rt. 248 in Lehigh Twp. That is where I saw one of the PennDOT trucks, it was headed east near the EAG car dealer at about 6:30. The section near the Moore Twp line and the big hill just past Indian Trail Rd. was littered with cars facing in every direction. The Lehigh Twp PD and Fire Co were doing a great job keeping those (at Blue Mtn Rd.) that could move, moving, so kudos to them.

Rt. 248 west from the Gap to Rt. 209 was simply awful. Thankfully not a lot of vehicles, there was a semi-truck up against the signs on 248 east but not much traffic behind it.

The second PennDOT truck I saw during my big adventure was about 10 vehicles ahead of me from about the Gap to just before the Bowmanstown exit, where he pulled off to the side. It almost seemed like the plow wasn't really working because it was not evident to me that it even was a plow truck until I passed it.

I was surprised but not really surprised that the contractor "fixing" the Norfolk Southern overpass near Palmerton on rt. 248 had not made any safety provision for winter driving conditions to keep motorists safe from the approx. one-two foot gap on the right lanes, you know, the ones that are waiting for the custom expansion dams that were being installed in August.
Unless people complain loudly and demand change, PennDot officials will idly sit by in their warm elaborate homes, while the masses suffer through the night on cold darkened highways that are shut down!
Unless people complain loudly and demand change, PennDot officials will idly sit by in their warm elaborate homes, while the masses suffer through the night on cold darkened highways that are shut down!
Unfortunately the complaining does not work. As we all know, this happens every winter over and over, and people are always complaining about it. But every single year, penndot is on the news and in the papers telling us all how prepared they are. The media will never talk bad about penndot, and until they start doing stories on how terrible penndot is, this problem will continue. I think penndot is proud to be rated the worst in the country year after year, they wear it like a badge of honor.
To say nothing though, is to be complicit. Penndot is absolutely the worst arm of the State Government. They have grown like a cancer, while their services have been reduced or almost non-existent. You're right about the media. This huge problem needs more coverage. Maybe when some important person dies out there on a lonely unplowed stretch of highway, from hypothermia or a diabetic emergency, the problem will get the attention it deserves. Perhaps the State''s Auditor General can look into just how Penn dot is spending their plowing dollars. Pennsylvanians aren't on those highways at night because they're bored. These are hard working Americans, being let down by Penn dot again and again!

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