Northern Route 255 Project Continues in St. Marys

ST. MARYS – Work to improve a northern section of Route 255 in the city of St. Marys is continuing. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply Co. intersection to Route 120/State Street in St. 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 July 1 will include:

• The contractor will continue to work 24-hours-per-day, starting Sunday night and finishing Wednesday.
• No work will be performed on Thursday or Friday in observance of Independence Day.
• The current traffic pattern, starting at the intersection at Tractor Supply Co. and extending to the Iron Run Road intersection, restricts traffic to one lane northbound and one lane southbound with a center turning lane. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until further notice. The center turn lane is for turning movements only.
• The contractor will continue to install new storm drainage within the work area.
• Access to businesses within the work zone will be maintained during normal business hours.
• The contractor will continue grading and placing stone for the roadway base.
• The contractor will continue placing concrete curb within the work area.
• Beginning on Tuesday, the contractor will be paving the new southbound lanes of Route 255 between Iron Run Road and Kallas Road.

This will take place during daytime hours. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.

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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