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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Major traffic changes scheduled next week as Route 255 improvements continue in Saint Marys

Major traffic changes scheduled next week as Route 255 improvements continue in Saint Marys

Saint Marys – Work to improve a section of Route 255 in the city of Saint Marys is continuing, with major traffic changes coming the week of June 15. Traffic changes and paving work next week are dependent on weather. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply Co. intersection to Route 120/State Street in Saint Marys. Once the project completes later this summer, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient.

Activity the week of June 15 will include:

• The contractor will begin work on Sunday at 6 p.m. and continue through Friday morning. Work will be performed 24-hours per day.

• MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT: On Thursday night, Route 120 between Route 255 (South Saint Marys Street) and Rock Street will be closed. This closure will remain in effect 24-hours per day until construction of this portion of the highway is complete. It is anticipated that it will be closed for four weeks. Motorists are to follow the signed detour. Route 120 westbound motorists will be instructed to follow the northern detour route, which is Route 120 west to Route 255 north (to Johnsonburg) to Route 219 south (to Ridgway) and ending at Route 120. Motorists traveling Route 255 north to Saint Marys wanting to use Route 120 west will be instructed to follow the southern detour route. The southern detour route is Route 255 north to Route 948 north to Route 219 north (to Ridgway) and ending at Route 120. Route 120 will remain open between Ridgway and Rock Street in Saint Marys.

• Route 255 continues to be restricted to one lane northbound between Random Road and State Street and one lane southbound between Railroad Street and Random Road. The current traffic pattern will remain in place 24-hours-per-day until Thursday night. On Thursday night, a new traffic pattern will be put into effect. Traffic will be shifted to allow crews to construct the middle portion of Route 255. With the new traffic pattern, Route 255 will be restricted to one lane northbound between Pistner Road and State Street and one lane southbound between Railroad Street and Pistner Road. Flaggers will be in place at intersections until the temporary traffic signal heads are relocated on Friday.
• During nighttime hours, the contractor will be installing storm drainage between State Street and East Mill Street. Route 255 northbound will be restricted to one lane at this location during nighttime hours.

• The contractor will continue grading during daytime hours in preparation for bituminous paving.

• The contractor will continue paving the southbound lanes of Route 255 during nighttime work hours. Paving will take place between State Street and Pistner Road.

• West Arch Street will continue to be closed between Route 255 (South Saint Marys Street) and Rock Street. Motorists are to follow the signed detour. This portion of West Arch Street will remain closed until Friday.

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 to 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.

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