Two projects worth more than $5 million will soon give motorists a smoother ride on more than 26 miles of roads in Warren and Forest counties thanks to Act 89, the state's new transportation plan.
The two multi-road group paving projects, which are expected to begin next week, will involve milling and resurfacing, as well as updated guiderail and pavement markings. Work is expected to be completed in October.
"In our region, we are going to be able to pave more roads and fix the damage caused by a severe winter because of the financial resources that were provided by Act 89," said William G. Petit, District Executive of PennDOT's northwestern region. "These much-needed projects are examples of the tangible benefits coming from Act 89."
Act 89, the legislation made possible by a bipartisan consensus reached by Governor Tom Corbett and the Legislature, will enable PennDOT's District 1 to spend an additional $36 million to pave approximately 135 miles of road in its six-county service area of Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.
The Forest County project will improve travel on:
Route 4001 (Neilltown Road) in Harmony Township from Route 36 to the Warren County line (7.45 miles.)
Route 127 in Harmony Township from Route 62 to the Warren County Line (4.63 miles).
The Warren County project will improve:
Route 62 in Watson Township from Cobham Hill Road to Clark Run Bridge (2.7 miles).
Route 3001 (Old Creek Road) in Spring Creek Township from Cobb Road to Old Route 77 (3.39 miles).
Route 4001 (Picadilly Hill Road) in Columbus and Spring Creek townships from Route 426 to Old Route 77 (6.15 miles).
Route 4002 (Whitney Run Road) in Spring Creek Township from the Erie/Warren County line to Old Route 77 (2.36 miles.)
The contractor for both projects Russell Standard Corp. of Union City, Pa. The contract cost of the Forest County project is $1,819,975. The contract cost of the Warren County project is $3,219,975. Both contracts are being paid entirely with state funds.
No detours are anticipated, but traffic will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by flaggers during the work day.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.