CLEARFIELD – Work to enhance safety along some Clearfield County roadways will get under way the week of Jan. 7. Crews will be trimming trees and selectively removing others on routes in Clearfield County.
The tree removal will eliminate some trees close to the road, increasing driver safety. In 2011, Pennsylvania experienced 1,286 highway fatalities, 58 percent of which involved a vehicle that left the roadway.
The process of trimming or removing branches that overhang the roadway is referred to as “daylighting.” Daylighting is performed to allow more sunlight to reach the road surface, preventing ice accumulation during the winter months. Year-round visibility is also increased through this practice.
The tree work could bring short travel delays through January for area drivers. Motorists need to be alert for flaggers along the roadway and the possibility of stopped or slowed traffic near the tree-trimming activity. Roadways that will see trimming or removal activity in Clearfield County are:
- Route 53, Irvona to Glen Hope
- Route 53, east of Drifting
- Route 119 in the West Liberty area of Sandy Township
K. W. Reese Inc. of Mercersburg will perform the work in Clearfield County. Drivers are reminded to avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, use caution in work zones and always buckle up.
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