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Route 56 Improvements Project Begins


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that prime contractor Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance, Inc. of Everett, will begin work on a project that will consist of pavement preservation of Route 56, the rehabilitation of the Kernville Viaduct, the War Memorial Bridge and Point Stadium Bridge as well as the rehabilitation of two retaining walls. Tree cutting and trimming work will begin on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Dale Borough and the City of Johnstown, Cambria County.

Current work will reduce eastbound Route 56 to a single lane during work hours only. Traffic patterns will change throughout the contract and information will be available as they change. 

Overall work on the structures includes but is not limited to epoxy deck treatment, concrete repairs and protective coating, and strip seal gland replacement. Roadway work on Route 56 includes milling and resurfacing, guiderail, drainage, signage upgrades, high friction surface treatments and other miscellaneous construction. 

All work on this $4.8 million project is expected to be completed by mid-October 2020.

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Media contact: Monica R. Jones, 814-696-7105

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