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Intersection Improvements at Routes 19 and 197 in Erie County Set to Begin Next Week


Work on a $4.7 million project to improve the safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Route 19 and Route 197 (Route 97) in Waterford Township and the Borough of Waterford, Erie County is scheduled to begin next week.

The intersection improvement will involve realign of Route 19 and Route 97 as well as the addition of left turning lanes and installation of a traffic signal system. Work will also include milling, paving, and updated guiderail, drainage and pavement markings.

Work is expected to start May 6, 2019, weather permitting, and is expected to complete by October 24, 2019.

The contractor is Lindy Paving, Inc., of New Galilee, PA. The contract cost is $4,744,743.99, which is to be paid entirely by federal funds.

Traffic will be maintained through temporary signals, though motorists may encounter lane restrictions controlled by flaggers.

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.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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A map showing the location of the Route 19 and Route 197 intersection in Erie County.