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Route 8 Reconstruction Project

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, and relevant training.

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Project Overview

Please note date changes to the work schedule. 

The northwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin work on a roadway project on Route 8 in Irwin, Victory, and Sandycreek townships, Venango County. The $32.6 million project will reconstruct 17 miles of Route 8 as well as preserve seven bridges along the roadway between Melvin Road (Route 3004) in Irwin Township to Polk Cutoff Road (Route 3024) in Sandycreek Township.

Work will include concrete patching and paving from Melvin Road to Georgetown Road (Route 3003), milling and paving from Georgetown Road to the Dennison Run Road Overpass, and breaking the existing concrete to create a base for a new asphalt overlay from Dennison Run Road Overpass to Polk Cutoff Road, as well as repairs to Old Route 8 (Route 3013). Work will also include rehabilitation work to seven structures, drainage repairs, guiderail replacement and signing replacements. 

Construction along Route 8 will be completed in phases, which will require detours.

    • Phase 1 – Work will start April 8, 2020, weather permitting, with repairs to Old Route 8 in preparation for the detour of southbound traffic from Route 8. This will include slide correction and base repairs to Old Route 8. During this phase, the roadway will be closed for slide repairs from the intersection with Poverty Valley Road to the intersection with Pecan Valley Road. Base repairs will also be made at various locations along the roadway. A detour will be posted using Route 8 and Route 308. Old Route 8 is expected to be fully reopened by April 22, weather permitting.

    • Phase 2 – Work is expected to begin with temporary repairs on the southbound lanes of Route 8 on May 4, 2020, weather permitting. Once the repairs are complete, northbound traffic will be detoured to the southbound lanes; and reconstruction work will start on the northbound lanes. This phase will include reconstructing and rehabilitating the northbound lanes and bridges. All southbound traffic will be detoured to Old Route 8 from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8. Traffic is expected to resume its regular patterns on Route 8 by late October 2020.


    • Phase 3 – Work during the 2021 construction season will be focused on the southbound lanes, including reconstructing the roadway and rehabilitating bridges. Southbound traffic on Route 8 will be detoured to Old Route 8 from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8. Northbound traffic will be not be affected. This phase is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

    • Phase 4 – In the final phase of the project, all northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured from Route 8 at the southern portion of the work area. Rehabilitation work will be done to the bridge over Georgetown Road, including roadway approaches, deck surfacing, and barrier repairs. The proposed detour route, which is 1.7 miles long, will use Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road. It is expected to be in place for two weeks.  

During the winter months in between phases, 2 and phase 3, traffic on Route 8 will return to its normal pattern.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc, of State College, PA. The contract cost is $32,645,000, which will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

Project Updates

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Update 4-30-20

​All lanes of Route 8 southbound are expected to be closed from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8 in Venango County starting Monday, May 4, 2020.

A detour will be posted using Old Route 8 (Route 3013).

The closure is necessary for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the pavement and bridges along Route 8.

Temporary repairs will be made to the southbound lanes prior to shifting northbound traffic to that section of the roadway. The work is expected to take one to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. 

Once the repairs are complete, northbound traffic will be detoured to the southbound lanes; and reconstruction work will start on the northbound lanes.

Traffic is expected to resume its regular pattern on Route 8 by late October 2020.

Update 4-7-20

​Work in phase one of the project will focus on Old Route 8. It is now expected to start April 8, 2020, weather permitting, and to be completed by April 22, 2020. During this time, the roadway will be closed for slide repairs from the intersection with Poverty Valley Road to the intersection with Pecan Valley Road. Base repairs will also be made at various locations along the roadway. A detour will be posted using Route 8 and Route 308.

Update 3-4-20

​Work on the project will start March 30, 2020, weather permitting, with repairs to Old Route 8 in preparation for the detour of southbound traffic from Route 8. This will include slide correction and base repairs to Old Route 8. During this phase, all through traffic on Old Route 8 will be detoured to Route 8 and Route 308. Old Route 8 is expected to be fully reopened by April 10, weather permitting.

Update 1-10-20

​The northwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announces that the contract has been awarded for the reconstruction work on Route 8 in Irwin, Victory, and Sandycreek townships, in Venango County.
Bids were received from three companies with the contract awarded to the low bidder, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc, of State College, PA. The contract amount is $32,645,000, which will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
Construction is expected to start in March 2020 and will be completed in phases over a two-year period.


Project Contact

Project Manager

Ted Wilson

814-516-7783 |thwilson@pa.gov

Assistant Construction Manager

Ralph Aylesworth

814-678-7129 | rayleswort@pa.gov

Press Officer

Jill Harry
814-671-8318 | jharry@pa.gov