Work is expected to get restart soon on the single-lane roundabout at Route 62 and East State Street (Route 3008) near the entrance to the Shenango Valley Mall in the City of Hermitage, Mercer County.
Along with the intersection improvement, work will include updated drainage and pedestrian accommodations, including ADA-compliant curb ramps, sidewalks, highway lighting, and crosswalks.
The project will be done in multiple phases and will require detours and changing traffic patterns. During construction, delays are anticipated near the project area, especially during morning and afternoon peak rush hour traffic volume times. Motorists are urged to alternate routes whenever possible. Access to all the businesses will be maintained throughout the project.
Construction is anticipated to resume May 11, 2020, weather permitting, and will be focus on highway lighting and other utility work off the roadway. Work that will require lane restrictions and detours is expected to start the week of May 18, 2020, weather permitting. The project is expected to take about six months to complete.
During construction, Route 62 will be closed near the entrance to Red Lobster and there will be separate car and truck detours. The car detour will be posted using Route 18 and East State Street. The truck detour will be posted using Route 18, Route 418 (Maple Drive), and East State Street.
Phase 1 will include the construction of a temporary roadway on the north side of East State Street near the entrance to the Shenango Valley Mall. East State Street will be restricted to one lane in each direction. This phase is expected to take approximately one month to complete.
Phase 2 will include work within a large portion of the current intersection, including the construction of the majority of the roundabout. East State Street traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in each direction, using the temporary roadway. This phase is expected to take approximately three months to complete.
Phase 3 will include opening a portion of roundabout for eastbound traffic on East State Street. Westbound traffic will continue to use the temporary roadway near the mall entrance. This phase is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
Phase 4 will include opening another portion of the roundabout for westbound traffic on East State Street to use. Eastbound traffic will continue to use a portion of the roundabout. A new mall entrance will be constructed, and the temporary roadway will be removed. This phase is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
Phase 5 will include the opening of the single-lane roundabout to all traffic. The project will conclude with work off the roadway. This phase is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
The contractor is Kirila Contractors, Inc. of Brookfield, Ohio. The contract cost is $3,896,000, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.
Changes in traffic patterns and other information related to the project can be found online at www.penndot.gov/ShenangoRoundabout.
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 jobsite, and relevant training.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
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