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PennDOT to Repair, Pave Route 72 through Manheim and Rapho Twp.; Cross pipe work scheduled in advance of base repair and paving later this summer.


​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that its contractor has begun preparatory work on 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.

The $2,741,604 contract was awarded on November 17, 2017, 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 cross 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 the contractor has agreed not to restrict travel lanes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Motorists may encounter lane shifts and single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone during daylight hours for drainage pipe, inlet and sanitary sewer work. Eventually a weekend detour, from Friday at 8:00 PM to Monday at 6:00 AM, will be implemented as crews replace drainage cross pipe at two locations on Route 72 north of Manheim Borough.

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.

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

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