Forest Service Proposes State Route 62 Roadside Enhancement Project

Contact(s): Christopher J. Cook

The Forest Service is working cooperatively with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to address highway safety for their planned 2019 State Route 62 highway improvement project.  The project is located north of Tidioute, on a five-mile highway stretch between Waid Run and Slater Run in Warren County.

The Forest Service proposes removing hazard trees and clearing trees along PennDOT’s right-of-way (ROW) on about two-miles of National Forest System lands. Managing vegetation in the ROW reduces the risk of trees and branches falling onto the highway, increases the lifespan of the pavement, and allows sunlight to increase on the roadway to reduce snow and ice hazards in winter.

Trees would be cleared up to forty feet from the centerline on the existing PennDOT ROW for daylighting.  In addition, within 100 feet of the edge of the road, trees that are diseased, dead, dying, or excessively leaning would be felled.  Merchantable trees may be sold to recoup their economic value.  Traffic controls would be implemented by PennDOT while the work is being done.

Comments are being accepted until June 15, 2018.  Written comments may be mailed or hand-delivered to Rich Hatfield, District Ranger, Bradford Ranger District, 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701 or by facsimile 814.362.2761. Business hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Please submit electronic comments to, with the project name (State Route 62 Roadside Enhancement Project) on the subject line. Updates of the environmental analysis will be available at:

For more information, contact Ava Turnquist, Natural Resource Specialist at 814.363.6086 or

Updates about the project will be posted on the Allegheny National Forest’s website in the Alerts and Warnings section.