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 is concentrating 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 Sept. 9 will include:
• The contractor will begin work on Sunday night at 9 p.m. and continue through Friday.
• On Monday the contractor will continue paving the new northbound lanes of Route 255 between Ford Road and the Tractor Supply intersection. The paving will be done during night-time hours. Flaggers will be in place at the intersections to direct traffic.
• The contractor will be prepping and paving driveway tie-ins during day-time hours along Route 255 between the Tractor Supply intersection and Pistner Road.
• On Sunday night, the contractor will be raising an existing sanitary sewer manhole on Route 255 near Ford Road. Traffic will be restricted in this area while this work is performed. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.
• Beginning on Monday, State Street (Route 120) between the Route 255 intersection and Rock Street will be restricted to one lane to install a sanitary sewer line. This work will be performed all week long during daytime hours. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.
• On Wednesday the contractor will be excavating the embankment at the Route 255 and Vine Street intersection. Traffic will be restricted while this work is performed. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.
• On Thursday the contractor will be excavating at the intersection of Route 255 and Mill Street. Traffic will be restricted while this work is performed. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.
• 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.
• On Tuesday the contractor will continue paving the new northbound lanes of Route 255 between Iron Run Road and Kallas Road. The paving will be done during night-time hours. Flaggers will be in place at intersections to direct traffic.
• The contractor will be placing concrete curb within the work area during day-time hours.
• The contractor will be installing conduit and foundations for new traffic signals during day-time hours at the Plaza Drive intersection, the Ford Road intersection, the School Road intersection and the Tractor Supply intersection.
• 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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