Beginning Monday, June 10, PennDOT will close a portion of North Lockwillow Road for two weeks to thru-traffic just west of its intersection with Mountain Road in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.
Access will still be available between Mountain Road and the driveways on North Lockwillow Road for businesses such as the Ramada Inn, Mountain Road Diner, Candlewood Suites, and the enterprises located in Linglestown Commons. Thu-traffic, however, will be detoured around the road closure by way of Route 22 and Mountain Road.
PennDOT has hired Kinsley Construction, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, at a cost of $936,670 to make safety improvements at the Mountain Road intersection with North Lockwillow Road on the west side and with Blue Bird Avenue on the east side.
The purpose is to better define and delineate the intersection and improve the turning movements to make the overall operation of the intersection safer. The project also includes widening the Blue Bird Avenue approach to Mountain Road to provide for a left turn lane and adjusting the turning radius for the ramp from southbound Interstate 81 to northbound Mountain Road. In addition, the traffic signal at the Mountain Road intersection with North Lockwillow Road and Blue Bird Avenue is being updated with a new signal.
While North Lockwillow Road is closed for the next two weeks, construction crews will reconstruct a few hundred feet of the roadway and add material in order to raise the profile of the road by about two feet. This will improve the approach and sight distance for motorists on North Lockwillow Road heading toward Mountain Road.
Mountain Road is officially designated as State Route 3019.
North Lockwillow Avenue (T-724) and Blue Bird Avenue (T-733) are both owned and maintained by Lower Paxton Township.
Work has been underway since March for installing curbing and the equipment for the new traffic signal. The overall project is scheduled for completion in early-to-mid August.