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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Update on Potter County Improvement Job on Routes 44 and 144

Detour Remains in Place

Galeton, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and project partners are continuing improvement work to rehabilitate more than 50 miles of weight restricted roadway on Routes 44 and 144 in Potter County. Making these improvements will result in removal of the current weight restrictions.

Full-depth reclamation work and paving began last month on Route 44 between Route 6 and Billy Lewis Road. That section has been finished and work will begin tomorrow on the next section between Billy Lewis Road and Cherry Springs. PennDOT expects this phase of work to last through September. This Route 44 work is taking place under a detour condition. The detour for work on Route 44 includes Routes 6 and 144. Drivers familiar with the work area can use alternate routes.

This two-year project was made possible through a partnership between PennDOT and industry partners Shell, Tenaska, and Dominion Transmission. The industry partners are contributing almost $2 million, with PennDOT funding coming from Potter County Maintenance investments as well as funds dedicated to upgrading weight restricted highways through ACT 89, the state’s transportation funding plan.

The Route 44 work zone stretches from Cherry Springs State Park north to Sweden Valley and Route 6. Full depth reclamation work and paving will take place this year from Carter Camp to the village of Oleona. Some drainage work will also be included.

Improvements will also be seen on Route 144 stretches from PennDOT’s Germania stockpile to the borough of Galeton. Drainage work is taking place this summer. Full depth reclamation of the roadway, guide rail updates and roadway paving will take place in September and October. Once full depth reclamation work begins, a detour will be in place. The detour for work on Route 144 will include Route 44 and Route 6.

In 2016 work will include full depth reclamation on Route 44 from Cherry Springs State Park to the village of Carter Camp. That work will also include drainage, guide rail updates, and paving. 2016 will also bring full depth reclamation, drainage updates, guide rail updates, and paving from the village of Oleona to the Lycoming County line.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $17.5 million project that is expected to finish in November of 2016.

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