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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Update for Northern Route 255 Project in Saint Marys, Week of Aug. 19

Update for Northern Route 255 Project in Saint Marys, Week of Aug. 19

Saint Marys – Work to improve a northern section of Route 255 in the city of Saint Marys is continuing. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply Co. intersection to Route 120/State Street in Saint Marys. Work this year will concentrate on the section between Wendy’s and Satterlee & Sons.

Once the project completes in late summer 2014, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient. PennDOT will issue regular updates on this project.

Activity the week of Aug. 19 will include:

• The contractor will be working 24 hours a day from Sunday at 8 p.m. through Friday.
• The current traffic pattern between the intersection with Tractor Supply Co. and extending to the intersection at Iron Run Road will be in place until further notice. This pattern restricts traffic to one lane northbound and one lane southbound with a center turning lane. Motorists are reminded that the center turn lane is for turning movements only.
• The contractor will continue to excavate and remove the old northbound lanes of Route 255 between the intersection at Tractor Supply Co. and Iron Run Road. This work will be performed at night.
• The contractor will be placing concrete curb within the work area during daytime hours.
• The contractor will be installing conduit and foundations for new traffic signals during daytime hours at the following intersections:

 Plaza Drive
 Ford Road
 School Road
 Tractor Supply

• The contractor will be installing new storm drainage within the work zone. This work will be performed during daytime hours.
• The contractor will be grading and placing stone on the new roadway base. This work will be performed at night.
• Access to businesses within the work zone will be maintained during normal business hours.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone. Motorists are advised to be cautious when traveling through the work zone and should obey the posted speed limit.

Overall work includes pavement repair, drainage improvements, addition of a right-turn lane for Route 255 northbound traffic at Vine Street, re-alignment of the Arch Street intersection, a right turn lane on Route 120 east for traffic heading south on Route 255, and other construction items. Dave Gutelius Excavating Inc. of Mifflinburg is the contractor on this $12.8 million project.

About a one-mile section of roadway separates this project from PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that stretches from north of Greenbriar Drive to just south of the Kersey/Route 948 intersection.

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