Traffic on Route 56 will encounter changing traffic patterns and a weekend closure beginning next week as part of the Route 56 United School Curve Project in East Wheatfield Township, Indiana County.
Beginning, Tuesday, July 19, traffic on Route 56 will encounter 24 hour flagger-controlled lane restrictions through the project area.
A weekend closure of Route 56 at the intersection with Shellbark Road, T-840, will be in place beginning Friday, July 22, at 8:00 pm, through Monday, July 25, at 6:00 am.
The posted detour will use Route 22 West to Route 119 North to Route 56 for westbound traffic, and Route 119 South to Route 22 East to Route 56 for eastbound traffic.
Starting Monday, July 25, motorists will travel on the newly aligned Route 56 from the west end of the project to in front of the United High School and will transition on to existing Route 56. Traffic will continue on Route 56 and then on to the existing temporary road. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution and to expect a narrowing of the temporary roadway to 10-foot lanes in each direction and speed limit reduction to 35 mph.
This $7.6 million, two-year roadway realignment project is being constructed by A. Liberoni, Inc., and is expected to be completed the end of December 2016.
Motorists are reminded to pay attention and drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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