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October 25, 2014
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UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) announced this week that bridge maintenance work is being performed on the Kellam-Stalker Bridge connecting the towns of Fremont, NY and Stalker, PA. The work began on June 13, and will be performed daily between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures. Work is expected to be completed by June 23, weather permitting.

The impact to river users will be minimal. Work will include welding procedures beneath the bridge. All welding work will cease when river users approach the work area. A DOT representative will be responsible for monitoring the approach of river users. The DOT representative will advise river users how to proceed past the work area.

As motorists approach work zones, they are advised to stay alert and calm. Slow down when instructed to do so. Merge safely. Keep a safe distance between vehicles. Obey the posted signs within the work zone. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of the driver’s license.

New DCNR secretary named

HARRISBURG, PA — Ellen Ferretti will lead the state park and forest operations of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, acting DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced on June 13. “Ellen has tremendous experience in the private and non-profit sectors,” Allan said.

“In her most recent position as president of the northeast regional office of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, she worked very closely with DCNR and its partners on landscape conservation efforts. Her wealth of knowledge will be a valuable asset to the department.”

As deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, Ferretti will assist the secretary in managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of State Parks; Forestry; and Facility, Design and Construction.

Ferretti will also work to develop policy on a variety of issues, including Marcellus Shale oil and gas development and drilling; maintaining relationships with stakeholders; enhancing outdoor recreation activities; and establishing or revitalizing best practices for environmental education.