Harrisburg, PA – Starting at 8:30 AM on Friday, October 26, motorists should expect to encounter a blacktop paving operation on Route 322 in northern Lancaster County, between the county line with Lebanon County and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This means that from 8:30 AM until late afternoon or even early evening, traffic may be restricted to a single lane with flaggers assisting motorists through the work zone utilizing an alternating traffic pattern. Motorists are asked to be alert to this paving operation, to obey all work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through the work zone – for their safety as well as for the safety of the construction crews.
The daytime paving operation is scheduled to continue through to the end of next week, November 2, weather permitting. The daytime paving marks a departure from the original plan to pave during the overnight hours when there is less traffic. The overnight temperatures have been dropping below 40 degrees Fahrenheit lately, making conditions too cold for blacktop paving. The shift to daytime hours is intended to take advantage of warmer temperatures of 40 degrees or more in order to finish final paving of this section of highway before colder temperatures become prevalent around-the-clock. This also means that the paving operation will continue into the late afternoon and perhaps early evening if the temperature remains at 40 degrees or above. Late afternoon and evening commuters should be prepared to encounter this paving operation with its single-lane traffic restriction – and should allow additional time in their travel plans or seek alternate routes.
This work is part of an overall $4.5-million project to repair and resurface nearly 7 ½ miles of Route 322 between Route 72 in Lebanon County and just west of Route 501 in Lancaster County. The contractor is Allan Myers, LP of Worcester, Pennsylvania. Work began in mid-May and the entire project should wrap up by October of next year (2019). This portion of Route 322 carries an average daily traffic volume of 7,000 vehicles.
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