Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting at 7:00 PM Wednesday night, August 14, weather permitting, its contractor will remove concrete barrier and begin work to transition the U.S. 222 work zone from the southbound lanes in the Ephrata area to the northbound lanes of U.S. 222 over Pleasant Valley Road in West Earl Township and Glenwood Drive in Ephrata Township, Lancaster County.
PennDOT advises travelers that from 7:00 PM Wednesday, August 14, through Thursday night, August 15, they should continue to expect to encounter a single lane of travel in the left lane of southbound U.S. 222 over Glenwood Drive and Pleasant Valley Road as crews remove the concrete barrier from the bridges and set channelizers in their place while they complete the necessary work on the bridges, paint new traffic lines, collect all work zone signs and channelizers and relocate them to the northbound U.S. 222 work zone. At some point Thursday night crews will reopen the southbound right lane and both lanes of southbound U.S. 222 will be open to travel.
Additionally, PennDOT advises travelers that between 8:00 PM Friday, August 16, and early morning Saturday, August 17, they can expect to encounter slowing and/or stopped traffic within the work zone in the northbound lanes of U.S. 222 over Pleasant Valley Road and Glenwood Drive due to rolling roadblocks as the contractor sets a new single-lane traffic pattern in the right lane, places concrete barrier to separate the open lane from the work zone, and paints new traffic lines.
Travelers should expect to encounter long-term single-lane restrictions starting Friday night, August 16 through Friday, November 22, during the third and fourth stages of bridge rehabilitation work on mainline U.S. 222 in the northbound lanes over Pleasant Valley Road and Glenwood Drive.
U.S. 222 northbound averages more than 25,500 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
This work is part of a $5,088,332 contract being conducted by Kinsley Construction Co. of the City of York, York County, to rehabilitate four U.S. 222 mainline bridges and five overhead bridges. Bridge work this year is focused on painting the East Mohler Church Road bridge over U.S. 222 and the rehab of the four mainline U.S. 222 southbound and northbound bridges over Glenwood Drive in Ephrata Township and Pleasant Valley Road in West Earl Township.
U.S. 222 mainline bridge work includes concrete bridge deck and beam repairs, expansion joint replacement, and a latex-modified concrete overlay. Bridge crews are conducting full-depth bridge deck repairs, removing and replacing 5’x20’x1’ sections of concrete, and replacing each bridge joint for half of the width of the bridge. This work cannot be conducted within the timeframe of an overnight lane closure and then have the lane available to carry traffic the following morning. Staged construction lengthens the amount of time it takes to conduct this work. However, it allows a single-lane of travel to be opened to traffic. Otherwise these bridges would need to be closed and the road detoured for this type of work.
Similar work was completed last year on the East Mohler Church Road bridge over U.S. 222 as well as concrete bridge deck and beam repairs, and minor drainage work on the Miley Road, Pool Road, and Peach Road bridges over U.S. 222 in West Earl Township, and the Kramer Mill Road bridge over U.S. 222 in East Cocalico Township.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for roadway construction operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
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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