Project in final phase
Night-shift construction set to begin Sunday, July 15
POTTERS MILLS–The Potters Mills Gap construction project is on schedule and expected to be completed in October 2020, according to Greg Sidorick, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation region two construction manager. Additionally, Sidorick said the roadwork will shift to overnight construction as of Sunday.
The $94 million “safety improvement project” is in the third and final phase, according to Marla Fannin, PennDOT region two community relations coordinator. After completing phase one–the bridge at Sand Mountain road–and phase two–the Sand Mountain Road Interchange at Seven Mountains–the project has had some challenges.
“The gap itself is challenging,” Sidorick said.
Fannin, said one of the biggest challenges has been communication about the project updates. On Tuesday, Fannin and Sidorick met with various media outlets to answer any questions and give a project update. Fannin also plans to utilize social media to keep the public informed.
Though traffic delays are still expected, Sidorick said no flagging or travel stops will take place during high-travel events, such as Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Centre County Grange Fair and both the start of the Penn State school year and football weekends.
According to the PennDOT website, the purpose of the Potters Mills Gap project is “to improve safety, reduce congestion, and alleviate access concerns along the section of Route 322 from the Centre County/Mifflin County line to west of the Route 322/Route 144 intersection at Potters Mills.”
Ultimately, the three and a half mile project will create a new four-lane 322 highway extension, parallel to the existing 322, which will become an extension of SR 2015. There will also be a four-legged round-about, with two eastbound legs, one southbound and one westbound leg, at the western interchange.
Fannin said travel alerts will be issued in advance of any further flagging or traffic delays and strongly encourages people to utilize PA511–by calling 511, going to the website or using the mobile app–to keep up to date on the project.