Rt. 8 reconstruction project resuming south of Franklin

VENANGO COUNTY – The second year of the $32.6 million project to repair and reconstruct nearly 10 miles of the four-lane Route 8 from Georgetown Road in Irwin Township to Polk Cutoff Road in Sandycreek Township south of Franklin is expected to start in mid-April.

The southbound lanes will be reconstructed, and several bridges will be rehabilitated. Work is schedule to being April 12 and be completed by late October, weather permitting.

The project will include breaking the existing concrete to create a base for the new asphalt pavement, bridge rehabilitation, drainage upgrades, guiderail replacements, and sign updates.

All southbound traffic will be detoured to Old Route 8 from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8. The detour is expected to be in place until Sept. 4.

Following completion of that work, the project focus will shift on the southern portion of the work area. The bridge over Georgetown Road will be rehabilitated, including roadway approaches, deck surfacing and barrier repairs.

All northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured to Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road for about two weeks.

During the first year of the project in 2020, work was concentrated on the northbound lanes of Route 8 in Sandycreek, Irwin and Victory townships.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College. The contract cost is $32,645,000, which will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

Additional information on the project is available online at www.penndot.gov/district1 

I-80 resurfacing project in Venngo Co. to begin April 5

VENANGO COUNTY – An $8.8 million resurfacing project that will give motorists a smoother ride on more than six miles of Interstate 80 in Clinton and Irwin townships, Venango County, is scheduled to start soon, PennDOT has announced.

The project will include paving of 6.4 miles of eastbound and westbound between mile markers 27 and 34, plus concrete patching, drainage improvements, signage, pavement markings and guiderail updates.

Construction is expected to start April 5 and end by November, weather permitting.

There will be alternating single-lane closures. Drivers should be alert for changes in traffic patterns and lane restrictions and anticipate delays during active work hours.

Traffic will be shifted at the exit 29 eastbound ramp, but access to Route 8 will remain open.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College. The $8,860,680 contract is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

 Rt. 62 to close 2 days in Lake Twp. for new pipe

LAKE TOWNSHIP – A portion of U.S. Route 62 is scheduled to be closed to through traffic from April 6 to 8 for a pipe replacement in Lake Township. A detour will be posted using routes 173 and 965.

The work will be completed by PennDOT maintenance staff from the Mercer County maintenance garage.

How did PennDOT do this winter? Take the survey

STATEWIDE – PennDOT invites Pennsylvania residents to share feedback on the agency’s winter services by completing an online survey.

The survey is available until April 6 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PDWinter2021

Survey results will help PennDOT measure public expectations and identify educational opportunities, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in a news release.

The 12-question survey takes about five minutes complete and all responses are anonymous.

The survey is available through April 6 and should take about five minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous. 


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