PennDOT busy across Valley

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The reconstruction and upgrading of several Valley roadways continues throughout the region and will do so leading into the Fourth of July holiday.

Northumberland Borough Council vice president Paul Boyer’s “strong suspicion” that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $13.7 million Duke and Front Streets reconstruction work might not “stop the week before Pineknotter Days,” has come true.

PennDOT originally told council that it would shut down borough road work today through July 6 in the borough, to accommodate Pineknotter Days. Unexpected issues that occurred when sewer and gas lines had to be reconfigured is the cause of the extra work next week, explained Ted Deptula PennDOT assistant construction engineer.

As a result, contractor New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., of Winfield, will work during daylight hours this week on Duke Street grading, installing sewer lines, and constructing sidewalk.

New curbing and ADA curb ramps will be built and underdrains and inlets on Front Street will be installed. Parking is restricted in the work zone.

Outside of the borough, in Point Township, work on the southbound bridge spanning Chillisquaque Creek continues this week, said PennDOT spokesman Dave Thompson, late Friday afternoon.

Work at this location will result in increased construction activity on Hidden Paradise Road, Thompson explained. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed. Route 147 traffic is using a temporary crossover to the new northbound bridge over Chillisquaque Creek.

There also will be work on the bridge spanning Ridge Road. There will be flagging on Ridge Road when work is over the travel lanes.

CSVT: River bridge and Winfield

On the west side of the Susquehanna River work on the bridge will continue this week in the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway. Piers 3 through 8 are complete. Construction continues on Piers 1 and 2 and installation of steel girders for Span 7 is expected to continue this week. The causeway tentatively is expected to be transitioned to the north side of the river in late July or early August, allowing for work on the Northumberland County side.

Night work continues on the bridge spanning Route 15 with the ongoing setting of beams and constructing forms. This work will be performed nightly through the week from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will require multiple traffic stops of up to 20 minutes in each direction.

Routes 15, 522 and Selinsgrove

In Snyder County, a $2.9 million roadway rehabilitation project on multiple routes in the Selinsgrove area of Snyder County is expected to begin this week, Thompson said. Contractor New Enterprise will work on Market Street in Selinsgrove Borough, Route 522 in Selinsgrove and Monroe Township, and Routes 11/15 in Monroe Township.

The road work includes milling and paving, base repairs, and handicapped-accessible curb ramps, he said.

Work is scheduled 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday.

Work will begin on Route 522 just south of Route 204 in Selinsgrove and continue to the intersection of Routes 11/15 in Monroe Township. There will be lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. Work is expected to be completed by the end of November, Thompson explained.

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