Cheryl Moon-Sirianni: One of the major lessons learned was that this community is more resilient than ever. Immediately after we diagnosed imminent failure, we all came together to do whatever was necessary.
Emergency responders evacuated residents, and we recognize that residents in surrounding homes were displaced and had to move on short notice. PennDOT’s Right-of-Way unit spent countless hours working with the residents to find places to stay. The most important thing is that everyone was kept safe.
PennDOT and emergency management agencies sifted through the damage to salvage personal items. Long-term temporary housing and personal needs were provided. And engineers, contractors, and suppliers came together to offer support and materials as the solution was developed and implemented.
The typical turnaround for this type of project is two years. However, we reopened the road within three months. The team’s decisive actions likely saved lives. The collaboration and the speed at which it happened were over and above any expectation that I could have imagined.
This episode of “Engineering Catastrophes” (Season 4, Episode 10) can be viewed on the Science Channel website, in the discovery+ app, or via Amazon Prime video.