A major accident on the Winfield side of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project was the Valley’s top story in 2018, but 2018 was an eventful year for Valley residents in several other disparate ways.

On Aug. 14, a construction crane carrying a steel beam collapsed on the construction site of a new bridge spanning Route 15 near County Line Road. The accident caused a temporary closure of Route 15 in both directions, and two days worth of traffic jams.

Other inconveniences were weather related. If you thought the Valley had an inordinate amount of rainfall last year, you’d be correct: 2018 was the second-wettest year in the Valley’s recorded history. According to AccuWeather, the Valley saw more than 58 inches of rain in 2018. The 58 inches was only second to 2011, when 70 inches of rain was recorded.

The Valley’s medical community was the source of several headlines in 2018: Geisinger and Evangelical Community Hospital in October announced that they have formed a strategic partnership that would allow Evangelical, while remaining independent, to expand services, enhance quality and ease access to care.

A month after that announcement, Geisinger President and CEO David Feinberg said he was leaving to head Google’s new health care initiative.

Evangelical Hospital broke ground on Aug. 30 for its $72 million PRIME project, a ground up building providing private space for patients. 

Also during 2018, the medical marijuana industry grew by leaps and bounds in the region.

This year alone, four companies received approval from the state to operate a marijuana growing facility or dispensary in Northumberland and Snyder counties.