Lane closure, changes to the traffic pattern planned for the planned intersection of Routes 26 and 45


Drivers will encounter a lane closure and traffic pattern changes this week in the PennDOT Routes 26 and 45 intersection realignment project area approximately 1.5 miles north of Pine Grove Mills.

Route 26 will be limited to a single 3 a.m. lane Monday through Tuesday evening, according to PennDOT.

Flaggers will be on the road to impose an alternating traffic pattern. Flaggers at both ends of Route 45 will provide traffic control for drivers joining Route 26.

Contractor Charles C. Merlo Inc. also plans to implement a new traffic pattern Tuesday night.

“Once implemented, drivers traveling northbound on Route 26 towards State College will continue to use the temporary roadway through the work area while southbound traffic towards Pine Grove Mills travels the newly completed portion of Route 26 and the new bridge structure,” according to PennDOT. .

When this new traffic pattern is in place, PennDOT urges drivers making a left turn from Route 45 onto Route 26 to take extra time to watch for oncoming traffic before turning.

Lane widths through the work area remain reduced to 10 feet and drivers of wider vehicles must find an alternate route.

Work on the project began in the spring and includes adding permanent traffic lights and turning lanes, widening the road and realigning Route 45 to intersect Route 26 at a 90 degree angle. It also includes drainage improvements, the installation of guide rails and the replacement of a concrete bridge over Route 26 with a single-span box girder bridge.

“By realigning the intersection, adding a traffic light, overhead lighting, and turn lanes, PennDOT expects better traffic flow, safer turning maneuverability in all directions, and reduced congestion at local high volume events,” according to a press release.

PennDOT expects the $5 million project to be completed by mid-November.


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