Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began preparatory work today on a project to repair and resurface a 5.07-mile section of Route 72 from the intersection of Main Street and Edgemont Drive in East Petersburg Borough, continuing on Lancaster Road through East Hempfield and Penn townships to the bridge over Chiques Creek at the Penn Township-Manheim Borough line in Lancaster County.
The $2,308,967.02 contract was awarded to Pennsy Supply, Inc., of Annville, Lebanon County, and includes tree trimming, base repair, drainage work, curb cut work required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, removal of the top layer of asphalt, resurfacing the existing roadway, guiderail replacement, and new signs and pavement markings. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.
PennDOT advises travelers that the contractor has agreed not to restrict travel lanes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Motorists may encounter shifting traffic patterns and a single lane of travel in each direction on weekdays as crews conduct drainage and base repair operations in preparation for nighttime paving.
Some sections of Route 72 average more than 16,000 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, to use caution when driving or walking through work zones, not only for their safety, but 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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