Route 255 Improvements Continue in St. Marys

ST. MARYS – Work to improve a section of Route 255 in the city of St. Marys is moving toward completion as fall approaches.

The project stretches from the Tractor Supply Co. intersection to Route 120/State Street in St. Marys.

Once the project completes, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient.

Activity the week of Sept. 14 will include:

• The contractor will begin work on Sunday night at 7 p.m. and continue through Friday afternoon. Work will be performed 24-hours-per-day.

• On Sunday night, the contractor will be milling paving notches and placing additional bituminous pavement at various locations between Pistner Road and State Street. On Monday night, the contractor will begin paving the final wearing surface on Route 255 between Pistner Road and Mill Street. Motorists should be alert for changing traffic patterns. Flaggers will be in place at intersections to direct traffic.

• MOTORIST ALERT—CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERN: On Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the contractor will complete paving on Route 255 and begin to shift traffic into a new traffic pattern. The new traffic pattern will be in place Thursday morning. This work will take place on Route 255 between Pistner Road and Mill Street. The new traffic pattern will place traffic into its final alignment, which will allow for two lanes of northbound traffic. Flaggers will remain at these intersections until the permanent traffic signals are activated during daylight shift on Thursday.

• On Wednesday during daytime work hours, the contractor will be installing permanent signs.

• On Friday, the travel lanes on Route 255 northbound and southbound between Pistner Road and State Street will be closed during daytime working hours to perform work adjacent to the highway. These lanes will re-open at the end of the shift.

• East Arch Street will continue to be closed between Route 255 (South St. Marys Street) and Chestnut Street. Motorists are to follow the signed detour route. This portion of East Arch Street will remain closed until Thursday morning.

• Route 255 will continue to be restricted to one northbound lane between Random Road and Mill Street and one southbound lane between Railroad Street and Random Road. This traffic pattern will remain in place 24-hours-per-day until Thursday morning.

• During daytime work hours, the contractor will be grading, forming and placing concrete driveways and sidewalks at various locations along Route 255 between Vine Street and State Street.

• During daytime work hours, the contractor will be placing topsoil and seeding various locations throughout the project.

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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