OIL CITY – The timeline has been revised for the final detour phase of the Route 8 reconstruction project in Venango County between Barkeyville and Franklin.

All northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured to Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road starting Sept. 7. Plans call for the detour to be lifted by Sept. 30 in time for Franklin’s annual Applefest.

If needed, the detour will be reinstated on Oct. 4. The detour is expected to be lifted permanently by mid-October.

The detour is needed while the bridge over Georgetown Road in Irwin Township is rehabilitated, including roadway approaches, deck surfacing, and barrier repairs.

The work is part of the two-year, $32.6 million project to repair and reconstruct nearly 10 miles of Route 8 from Georgetown Road in Irwin Township to Polk Cutoff Road in Sandycreek Township.

Construction continues on the southbound lanes. The detour for southbound traffic is posted using Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road. It is expected to remain in place until Sept. 25, at which time it will be opened to the Route 308 exit.

Additional information on the project is available online at Route 8 Reconstruction Project on www.penndot.gov/District1.

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