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​Venango County - Route 8 Multi-Year Roadway Project

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is currently hosting displays of plans for a roadway project on Route 8 in Irwin, Victory, and Sandycreek townships, Venango County.

The project will include the portion of Route 8 (Richard C. Frame Highway) from just south of Melvin Road (Route 3004) in Irwin Township to Polk Cutoff Road (Route 3024) in Sandycreek Township.

Work is expected to take place during the 2020 and 2021 construction seasons.

The project includes concrete patching and paving from Melvin Road the Georgetown Road (Route 3003), milling and paving from Georgetown Road to the Dennison Run Road Overpass, and roadway reconstruction from Dennison Run Road Overpass to Polk Cutoff Road, as well as repairs to Old Route 8 (Route 3013). Work will also include bridge rehabilitation, drainage repairs, guiderail replacement and signing replacements.

The estimated cost of the project is $30 to $35 million. On average, about 7,700 vehicles a day use the roadway.

Plans, including maps of the detours and the comment, are available to view through the links below.

Plans can also be viewed at the following locations:

  • PennDOT Building, 255 Elm Street, Oil City, PA  16301  - October 3 to October 17, 2019, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 
  • Sandycreek Township Building, 878 Pone Lane, Franklin, PA  16323 - October 3 to October 17, 2019, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.    
  • Irwin Township Building, 132 Irwin Road, Harrisville, PA  16038 - October 8 and October 15, 2019,  8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
  • Victory Township Office, 2794 Old Route 8, Polk, PA  16342 - October 9 and October 16, 2019, 9:00 AM to Noon.

Construction will be completed in phases, which will require detours. The proposed detours include the following:

  • Phase 1 – All through traffic will be detoured from Old Route 8 to Route 8. It is expected to be in place for five days. This will allow for repairs to be made to the roadway, so it can be used for later detours.
  • Phase 2 – All northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured from Route 8 at the southern portion of the work area. 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. 
  • Phase 3 – 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 use the southbound lanes of Route 8. The detour length is 11.3 miles. It is expected to be in place for approximately six months during the 2020 construction season.
  • Phase 4 – 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. The detour length is 11.3 miles. It is expected to be in place for approximately six months during the 2021 construction season.

PennDOT conducted a study of the corridor in 2018 and looked at various aspects including existing and future traffic operations, safety, corridor deficiencies, roadway and bridge conditions, support of planning initiatives, and support of the regional economy. This project was developed from that study.    

Contact:

Matthew Hetrick, Project Manager, mhetrick@pa.gov or (814) 678-7386

Jill Harry, Press Officer, jharry@pa.gov or 814-678-5035