|PENNDOT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL WORK ON PUNXSUTAWNEY PAVING PROJECT|
Lane reductions expected
Jefferson County, PA (October 11) - PennDOT Engineering District 10 is announcing that work will continue on its paving project along Route 36 in downtown Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, through the end of the month.
The project, which rehabilitates, restores and resurfaces Main Street, was originally scheduled to be completed Friday, October 13, 2006, but was extended to the end of October when work was added to the project at the request of public officials.
The extension will allow crews from Quaker Sales Corporation of Johnstown, the project contractor, to make improvements to the road under the overpass owned by Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad at the south end of town. That section of road was milled off earlier in the year for a clearance of 13 feet, 8 inches. The increased clearance allowed tractor trailer trucks to travel through the area during construction on the Margiotti Bridge on Route 436 in Punxsutawney Borough this past summer.
PennDOT was asked to maintain the increased clearance, which requires additional excavation before the road can be repaved.
Traffic will be reduced to single-lane alternating use controlled by flaggers while concrete is excavated from the site and a new bituminous roadway is constructed. Crews from the Pennsylvania Water Company will also install a waterline while the site is under construction. Motorists are asked to use caution and be alert for uneven pavement when traveling through the work zone. Motorists leaving the Punxy Plaza are asked to use an exit other than the one closest to the railroad overpass.
The $674,000 project began September 11, 2006. Most of the downtown paving is complete.
For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, access PennDOT's website at www.dot.state.pa.us and click "PennDOT Organizations." Then click "Engineering Districts and County Maintenance Offices" and then the "10" on the map. Weekly construction and maintenance schedules are posted on the site.