As work continues on an intersection improvement job in Ferguson Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing an update on the project. The work zone for the Route 26/Route 45 intersection project is located about 1½ miles north of Pine Grove Mills.
Preliminary work has been completed but clearing and grubbing, tree removal, and other excavation work continues. By mid-April, travel lane widths will be reduced to 10-feet on Route 26 and Route 45 in the work zone. Drivers need to remain alert for flaggers in the roadway as lane closures take place.
Work is also continuing on the construction of a temporary roadway around the work zone. The temporary road will provide two-way traffic during the majority of the project. The temporary roadway is expected to carry traffic by the beginning of May.
No lane closures will be implemented on the project between 6:00 AM Friday, April 15 and 6:00 AM Monday, April 18 due to the Easter holiday.
Work on this project will include construction of turning lanes, widening, and roadway realignment. Work also includes drainage improvements, guide rail installation, permanent traffic signals, and miscellaneous items. The project will also replace the existing concrete bridge with a single span box beam bridge.
By realigning the intersection, adding a traffic signal, overhead lighting, and turning lanes, PennDOT expects a better flow of traffic, safer turning maneuverability from all directions, and reduced congestion during high traffic volume events in the area.
Charles C. Merlo Inc. or Mineral Point, PA is the contractor on this $5 million project, which is expected to complete by mid-November.
Changeable message boards will be in place to alert drivers to the work zone. PennDOT reminds drivers to exercise caution in this and all work zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.
Motorists are encouraged to "Know Before They Go" by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles 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 1,000 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.
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