STATE COLLEGE – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update through early May for its Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project in southeast Centre County.
Up-to-date information can be found on the PMG Project page at www.penndot.gov/pottersmillsgap.
Through May 3, drivers can expect the following:
- Monday and Wednesday, April 29 and May 1, bridge beams will be delivered to the job site. PennDOT does not expect these deliveries to greatly impact traffic, but travel may be slowed as beams come through the area. Beam deliveries are expected during daylight hours.
- Tuesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 2, there will be traffic stops on Route 322 of up to 15 minutes in each direction (eastbound and westbound) between Route 144 and Decker Valley Road. These stops are necessary for slope excavation. Traffic stops are scheduled for 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- A mile east of Potters Mills, the crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road remains in place, with one lane open in each direction. This crossover will continue through September.
- Within the crossover, there is a 14-foot width restriction for westbound traffic and a 15-foot width restriction for eastbound traffic. These width restrictions will also be in place through September.
- Work will also continue off the roadway and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting Route 322 through the Potters Mills area.
- Short-term blasting operations may also take place. This may make roadway flagging necessary, creating intermittent and brief traffic stops.
This is the third and final phase of a construction project dating back to 2015. Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road.
Phase Two created the new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road.
The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection.
The completed project will alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.
Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $82 million project.
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