New Transportation Plan Advances U.S. 222 Repairs
Nighttime Repairs to Start in August in Preparation for Contract Paving
PennDOT announced today that preparatory work will begin Sunday, Aug. 3, weather permitting, on a 4-mile section of U.S. 222 in Lancaster County because of the state’s new transportation plan. The $1,760,961 highway restoration contract was awarded on June 5 to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. of New Enterprise, Bedford County, and includes roadway base repair as needed, ramp work, milling 1.5 inches of the existing road surface, and resurfacing with 1.5 inches of bituminous paving on northbound and southbound U.S. 222 from U.S. 30 to just south of the Bushong Road overpass in Manheim Township. The project is financed with 100 percent state funds from Pennsylvania’s new transportation plan, Act 89.
In April, Governor Tom Corbett announced that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89.
Funding provided by Act 89 will make significant progress in addressing major roadway, bridge and transit needs across south central Pennsylvania. In the eight-county area, the new transportation plan will enable PennDOT to advance $60 million in additional work this year, including rehabilitating 17 deteriorated bridges and resurfacing 20 roadways including four interstates.
PennDOT advises motorists that starting Aug. 3 through the fall they may encounter short-term single-lane restrictions on U.S. 222 Sunday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as construction crews repair the highway in preparation for contract paving. The contractor may choose to work Friday or Saturday nights if work is delayed by weather or other circumstances during the week.
Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.
An average of nearly 26,000 vehicles travel on some sections of U.S. 222 every day. To avoid delays, motorists should allow for additional time in their travel plans or seek an alternate route.
Travelers are advised to be alert for this operation, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but also for the safety of the road crews.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 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.