State College, PA – Traffic changes are coming soon on the Potters Mills Gap project along Route 322 in Centre County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Phase Two of the three-phase job re-started last month with the goal to create a new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road, just west of “Seven Mountains”.
Beginning tomorrow, May 5, drivers will encounter a change in the traffic pattern through the construction zone, which stretches eastbound and westbound from the Mifflin County line to Decker Valley Road in Centre County.
Starting tomorrow, westbound traffic will crossover into the eastbound passing lane. Westbound lanes will be closed so that work can take place away from traffic. Eastbound traffic will continue to use the right travel lane to move through the work zone.
Under this new pattern, opposing traffic through the work zone will be separated by concrete barrier. Motorists should be alert for slow moving traffic and the potential for travel delays.
Motorists heading to Penn State for graduation should allow for extra travel time.
Begun in September of 2016, overall work on the project includes roadway widening on Route 322 a new interchange at Sand Mountain Road and acceleration and deceleration lanes to Routes 2015 (Sand Mountain Road) and 2017 (Sand Crest Road), drainage improvements, paving, and guide rail installation. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $8.7 million project, which is expected to be complete in mid-October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road, Through 2017, Phase Two will create the new local interchange. Phase Three will bring the reconstruction of Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills—including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. Once all three phases are complete, congestion through this area will be reduced, access concerns will be alleviated, and traffic will move more smoothly and safely from the Centre County/Mifflin County line to west of Potters Mills.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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