Construction Season Continues as Summer Approaches | Roads and traffic


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) provided updates on roadwork and construction projects this week:

Lycoming County Updates

Highway 220 Safety Improvement Project

Work continues this week on a safety improvement project on Route 220 in the townships of Woodward and Piatt.

This week, the contractor will build concrete islands. Work will take place at the median U-turn near the old Woodward School and on Front Street. Motorists can expect daily closures of turning lanes where work is being carried out.

On Friday, June 3, the contractor will install the girders for the bridge over Larry’s Creek. Motorists should expect intermittent delays lasting 15 minutes or less between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. while the contractor recovers the beams from the traffic lane.

Existing detours

This week, the following detours will continue.

Route 220 and Route 287 in the township of Piatt.

  • Traffic from Route 287 southbound to Route 220 North will be diverted onto Route 220 South towards Jersey Shore and will be directed to use the Route 44 South/Main Street (Jersey Shore) exit to access Route 220 by north direction.

  • Traffic from Route 220 northbound to Route 287 North will use the median U-turn near Martins Road to access Route 287 from Route 220 southbound.

The existing traffic light at the Route 220/Route 287 interchange will be turned off to facilitate continued traffic.

  • Route 220 and Quenshukeny Road, Woodward Township.

  • Southbound traffic on Route 220 will be able to access Quenshukeny Road.

  • Traffic on Route 220 northbound to Quenshukeny Road will be diverted to the Fourth Street Interchange in the City of Williamsport to access Quenshukeny Road from southbound 220.

All traffic exiting Quenshukeny Road will be required to take Route 220 southbound. Northbound traffic will be diverted onto Route 220 southbound to the U-turn at the Old Woodward School to access Route 220 northbound.

This safety improvement project will resolve conflicting traffic movements and provide more efficient and safer places for U-turns. The project also improves pavement and structures throughout the project.

Glenn O. Hawbaker is the prime contractor for this multi-year, $41 million safety improvement project.

Survey work along Route 15 SB in Williamsport

Survey crews will work along the shoulder of the southbound Highway 15 ramp to eastbound Highway 220 in Williamsport.

Tuesday through Thursday, a PennDOT survey crew will conduct survey work along the southern lanes of Route 15 between mile marker 136 (Third Street Interchange) and the entrance to Route 220 eastbound .

Motorists can expect survey crews to work along the shoulders of the right (driving) lane of southbound Highway 15. The work will be carried out between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Bradford County Update

A four-year reconstruction project continues on Route 199 in Sayre and Athens.

This week, Kriger Construction will continue work on this full-depth pavement reconstruction project. Work includes paving, improving drainage, relocating utilities, improving sidewalks and curbs, installing ADA curb ramps, upgrading traffic lights, traffic light adjustments, driveway, signage and pavement markings and other miscellaneous constructions.

On Saturday, southbound traffic switched to the northbound lane of Highway 199, while the contractor begins construction in the southbound lane between Stevenson Street and Mohawk Street.

The following detours will remain in effect:

  • Route 199 (Main Street) will be closed to northbound traffic between Vanderbilt Street and Powell Street.

  • Route 199 (Main Street) closed to northbound traffic between Stevenson Street and Mohawk Street

Detour information:

  • For the closure between Vanderbilt Street and Powell Street, northbound cars will follow a 1.10 mile detour using Orchard Street, South Elmer Avenue and Chemung Street.

  • For the closure between Stevenson Street and Mohawk Street, northbound cars will follow a 1.10 mile detour using Stevenson Street, North Elmer Avenue and Mohawk Street.

  • Southbound cars will be kept within the work area.

  • Truck traffic will follow a 7.7 mile detour using Route 220 and Interstate 17 (Southern Tier Expressway).

The 2.6 mile project is located 0.44 mile north of the intersection with Route 1056 (Front Street) in the Borough of Athens to the intersection with Interstate 17 (Southern Tier Expressway listen)) at the New York State border in the borough of Sayre. The project begins at the New York State border and continues south.

A major rehabilitation project is underway on Austinville Road in Columbia Township, Bradford County

A full depth rehabilitation (FDR) project is scheduled to begin this week on Route 4016 (Austinville Road) in Columbia Township.

This week, PennDOT maintenance crews will begin FDR preparations on Austinville Road between the intersection with Route 4037 (Old Royd Road) and the Tioga County line.

Motorists can expect alternating lane closures with signage where work is being done. The maintenance forces will allow owners access to their property every day. Work will be performed during daylight hours.

Full-depth reclamation is a rehabilitation method that involves evenly crushing, pulverizing and remixing the existing pavement to achieve a uniform, stable base. The process offers a cost-effective method of stabilizing pavement prior to paving. Additional work on this project includes final paving and placement of shoulders along the newly paved roadway.

Work on this project should be complete by July, weather permitting.

Tioga County Update

A retaining wall project continues on Highway 414 in Morris Township. The project is located at the intersection of Wilson Hill Road and continues north for 0.58 miles towards Morris.

On Monday, the contractor will spray a surface treatment for dust control along Wilson Hill Road. The works will be carried out in the evening.

In April, Highway 414 was closed between Wilson Hill Road and Dixie Run Road in Morris Township, Tioga County, while contractor, LLT Trucking, began work on retaining walls and rebuilding the causeway, due to embankment failures between Babbs Creek and Highway 414.

A detour via Wilson Hill Road, Route 4002 (Oregon Hill Road), English Run Road and Route 287 in Tioga and Lycoming counties will be in place until mid-November, weather permitting.

LLT Trucking is the prime contractor on this three-year, $4,900,000 project, which is expected to be completed in September.

Northumberland County Update

The bridge carrying Route 4004 (Mile Post Road) over Gravel Run near Wolverton Road in Upper Augusta Township will be closed this week for bridge work.

A PennDOT maintenance crew will perform emergency deck work on the bridge. A detour via Route 4006 (Mile Hill Road) and Route 4004 to Klines Grove, Rush Township will be in place.

The work should be finished by Friday.

Snyder County

Lane restrictions will be in place this week on Highways 11/15 in both directions in Union and Penn Townships for patching.

Today through Thursday, a PennDOT maintenance crew will be performing repair work on Highways 11/15 in both directions between Aqueduct Road in Union Township, located just south of the Highway 35 interchange , and the end of the detour in Penn Township.

Motorists can expect the following:

  • On Monday, May 23, northbound traffic can expect the right (driving) lane to be restricted.

  • On Tuesday, May 24, northbound traffic can expect the left (passing) lane to be restricted.

  • On Wednesday, May 25, southbound traffic can expect the right lane to be restricted.

  • Thursday, May 26, southbound traffic can expect the left lane to be restricted.

The work will be carried out between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Columbia County

The three-year Highway 339 reconstruction and widening project between Highway 2017 (Smith Hollow Road) in Mifflin Township, Columbia County and Highway 3015 (Broad Street) in the Borough of Nescopeck, Luzerne County, continues.

This week, the contractor, Mitchell Knorr Contracting, will perform a temporary widening and excavation for rock placement along Highway 339. Motorists can expect single lane conditions with signage where the work are done. Work will be completed during daylight hours.

Work on this $11.5 million project includes rebuilding and widening of Route 339 from Hollow Smith Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck, bridge reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation over unnamed tributaries of the Susquehanna River. Additional work includes new drainage, painting of lines, guide rail, epoxy coating and miscellaneous work. The three-year project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.

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Motorists should be alert, slow down and expect travel delays when encountering these construction sites. Work, unless otherwise specified, will be performed during daylight hours, weather permitting.

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