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PennDOT to Set Detour, Replace Pipe on Rt. 72 in Rapho Township; Drainage pipe replacement scheduled in advance of base repair and paving later this summer.


​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that its contractor will implement the last of two detours this weekend to replace drainage cross pipes on Route 72 north of Manheim Borough in Rapho Township, Lancaster County.

PennDOT advises motorists that on Saturday, July 28, at 5:00 AM crews will implement a detour to replace a 36-inch drainage cross pipe on Route 72 just north of Manheim Borough. Route 72 should reopen to traffic by Sunday afternoon, if not sooner.

This work is part of a project to repair and resurface a 3.49-mile section of Route 72 from the bridge over Chiques Creek at the Manheim Borough-Penn Township Line through the borough to the intersection with Elizabethtown Road in Rapho Township; and a one-mile section of Route 772, West High Street in Manheim Borough, from the intersection with Hossler Road to the intersection with Route 72. Preparatory work on this project began in April.

The $2,741,604 contract was awarded to Pennsy Supply, Inc., of Annville, Lebanon County, and includes coordinated utility work, curb cut work required by the Americans with Disabilities Act on Route 772, drainage pipe replacement, inlet adjustment and repair work, roadway base repair, curb-to-curb removal of the top layer of asphalt and resurfacing with a 3-inch Superpave asphalt overlay, guiderail replacement, and new signs and pavement markings. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by mid-December 2018.

PennDOT advises travelers that during other operations the contractor will not restrict travel lanes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. During working hours, motorists may encounter lane shifts and single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone during daylight hours for work in advance of base repair and paving operations. Eventually during Route 72 paving operations within Manheim Borough, a southbound detour will be implemented Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Sections of Route 72 average more than 15,500 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

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