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Improvement Project to Begin on Route 208 in Mercer County


Oil City, PA – A $2.2 million project that will give motorists a smoother ride on Route 208 in Springfield and Pine townships in Mercer County is expected to begin next week.
The project will improve approximately 2.7 miles of Route 208 from east of the intersection with Route 258 in Springfield Township to .3 miles west of the Grove City Borough line.
Work will include replacement of a 10-foot bridge over Black Run with a precast reinforced concrete box culvert. The project will also include milling, paving, updating drainage, road shoulders, guiderail, signing, and pavement markings.
Work is expected to begin the week of May 22, 2017, and the project is scheduled for completion by mid-October 2017.
The roadway is expected to be closed starting June 5, 2017. There will be separate car and truck detours. The car detour will use Irishtown Road (Route 2005), Route 58 and George Junior Road. The truck detour will use Interstate 79, Interstate 80, and Route 173.
The detour is expected to remain in place until mid-July, 2017.
The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc, of State College, PA. The contract cost is $2,227,277, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.
This project is made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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
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Media contact: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035
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