Storm washes away pipe, collapses Shuman Road
Heavy rain washed away an old pipe under Shuman Road in Honesdale over the weekend, causing a large hole to open up in the road.
The road, which connects to Route 191 on one side, before the state police barracks, and to the Owego Turnpike on the other side, will be closed for at least the next 30 days, said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) media rep James May. PennDOT requested an emergency permit form from the Department of Environmental Conservation, which will allow 30 days for the pipe to be restored.
The pipe, which was six feet in diameter, was too old to withstand the heavy rainfall the weekend of April 12. It’s possible, May said, that the old pipe was also smaller than it should’ve been, and the DOT is looking into possibly getting a pipe eight feet in diameter to replace it.
A detour in place takes residents around the missing piece of the road.