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Route 228 Corridor Improvement Projects 

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Project Overview

​The Route 228 Corridor Improvement Projects are aimed at updating the safety and efficiency of the route from its intersection with Route 8 to Route 19. The project includes multiple projects such as the Balls Bend Safety Improvement project that is currently under construction and Three Degree Road project slated for 2022.

Ball's Bend Project Details 

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The Ball's Bend Safety Improvement Project on Route 228 Middlesex Township Butler County is a major realignment project involving the addition of a travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane (5-lane typical section). The project also includes the construction of four new structures and realigned local road connections, new signalized intersection, jug handles, stream realignments and other miscellaneous construction. 

The current work includes aerial utility relocation, environmental controls, and preparation for the first of three new pre-stressed concrete box culverts.

The $26,555,555 project began in February 2021 and is expected to last through January 2025.

Balls Bend Project Pictures

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Balls Bend Project Updates

5-3-22

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers to an upcoming traffic delay on State Route 228 as part of the Ball's Bend Safety Improvement Project in Middlesex Township, Butler County.

On May 10, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., steel girders will be delivered travelling from I-79 to State Route 228 to the project site. The new 180-foot-long bridge will contain nine steel girders with each one being shipped in two pieces due to the overall length. The girders are scheduled to be set in place on the new bridge abutments May 11 to 13.

During the delivery, traffic will be stopped by flaggers in each direction intermittently to ensure the trucks can safely enter the work site.  Motorists should expect delays near the between Weatherburn Drive and Park Road on State Route 228.

3-24-22

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers that traffic patterns on State Route 228 will be changed as of March 29 as part of the Ball's Bend Safety Improvement Project in Butler County.

On March 28, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. contractor, Independence Excavating of Independence, Ohio, will be moving barriers to create new traffic lanes. Once the barriers are moved, Route 228 Eastbound will have a dedicated left turn lane onto Route 8 Northbound and a through/right turn lane.  Westbound will remain one lane.

Motorists should expect delays near the Route 8 and Park Road intersections on State Route 228 in Middlesex Township, Butler County.


1-24-22

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers to upcoming traffic disruptions January 25 through January 27, 2022 near the Route 8 and State Route 228 intersection.

There will be intermittent traffic stoppages between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. as box culvert sections are being delivered for the Ball's Bend Safety Improvement Project.  Traffic may need to be stopped briefly to allow the trucks access to the delivery location.

Drivers should remain alert for slowed or stopped traffic in this area. 

1-20-22

Beginning on January 19, 2022 crews will be working to drive piles for the new bridge through the newly placed embankment. Operations are anticipated to last through the beginning of next week.  

12-10-21

The last shift of night work for the season is now complete. Contractors completed and paved over a cross pipe on SR 0228 and constructed a temporary stream bypass pipe underneath Parks Road to allow for the construction of the new box culvert for the new alignment of Park Road where it will intersect with SR 0228 as well as the removal of the existing structure.

Night work is anticipated to begin again in the spring of 2022.

10-8-21

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is announcing a brief traffic stoppage on State Route 228 in Middlesex Township, Butler County on October 12 as Independent Excavating conducts rock blasting as part of the Balls Bend Improvement Project.

Blasting will occur at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12th.  Three minutes prior to the blast three sirens will go off as an alert and all traffic will be stopped. Following the blast, crews will clear the roadways of any debris.  Traffic will not be released until the roadway is safe.  It is anticipated that the closures will be approximately 15 minutes.

Flaggers will be stationed at the following intersections:

State Route 228 – Eastbound Lane – 100 feet Past Davis Road
State Route 228 – Westbound Lane – Entrance of the former B.E.A.R. property
State Route 228 – Westbound Lane – Entrance of Augustine Lane
Orchard Lane
Harbison and Parks Road

In the event of inclement weather, the blasting will occur on Wednesday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Three Degree Road Project Details 

This project is a roadway improvement project that consists of connecting into the 5-lane Mars RR Project recently constructed on the western end of the study area, addressing numerous driveway access points from the Mars RR Project east through the schools area, improving the Three Degree Road intersection, and connecting to the Route 228/Balls Bend Project as the eastern limit of the project. 

Reconstruction of approximately 13,200 ft of road along Route 228 and 3,600 ft along Three Degree Road will occur. The proposed Route 228 template includes two through lanes in each direction as well as auxiliary turn lanes at various signalized intersections. Several new township roads and extensions will be included to improve access along the corridor. These township roads are listed below from west to east: - Township Road E - This new road will serve as a frontage road for properties along the south side of ROute 228 and will connect into Route 228 via a new signalized intersection at relocated Brickyard Road. This will then eliminate the numerous driveways and left-turns in this area. -Township Road D - This extension of Gables Court will provide a new connection from Route 228 to Brickyard Road. This will also extend to connect Township Road E to Route 228 at a new signalized intersection. - Township Road C - This road extends existing Brickyard Road in front of the Mars School Administration Building to the Mars Home for Youth property. It acts as a frontage road by eliminating all the school drives on the north side of Route 228 by providing them safer access through the new signalized intersection at Township Road D. - Township Road K - This new road is located behind the Mars High School and serves as a new access point to facilitate full access as the 2 existing driveways along Route 228 will be restricted to right-in right-out access. Township Road K will access Three Degree Road via a roundabout located south of Route 228. 

The project also includes the installation of a shared use path along the east side of Three Degree Road through the project limits.

The project is anticipated to be let to construction in late 2022 and is anticipated to be complete by late 2026.