PennDOT releases update on Potters Mills Gap project
From staff reports
POTTERS MILLS –The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing a mid-July update for its Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project in southeast Centre County.
Beginning on Thursday July 16, westbound traffic will be detoured onto Route 144 north and Route 45 west before returning to Route 322 at Boalsburg. This detour is necessary for the contractor to realign the traffic pattern at the western end of the project. Advance signage is in place to alert drivers to this detour, which is scheduled to be in effect from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Work on this project will be done in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site, and relevant training.
On Thursday, July 16, drivers can expect the following:
Westbound traffic will be detoured onto Route 144 north and Route 45 west before returning to Route 322 at Boalsburg. This detour is necessary for the contractor to realign the traffic pattern at the western end of the project. Advance signage is in place to alert drivers to this detour, which is scheduled to be in effect from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Additionally, motorists will now continue along existing Route 322 to the recently completed bridge spanning Potter Run to access Crowfield and Krise Valley Roads. Motorists are urged to remain alert and follow the posted signage.
Work will continue off the roadway and drivers should be alert and drive with caution as numerous construction vehicles enter and exit Route 322 through the Potters Mills area. Flaggers in the roadway may be aiding construction vehicle movements. Do not follow construction equipment into the work area.
Motorists are reminded that passing is not permitted when traveling through the work zone. Any motorist convicted of a passing violation in an active work zone faces a $50 fine and three points on their driver’s license.
There is a 13-foot width restriction on the western end of the project between Route 144 and Mountain Back Road. This restriction will be in effect until the fall of 2020.
There is a 14-foot width restriction on the eastern end of the project between Sand Mountain Road and Route 144. This restriction will be in effect until the fall of 2020.
This is the third and final phase of a construction project dating back to 2015. Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. Phase Two created the new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road. The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. The completed project will alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $82 million project.
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 1,000 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.
Up-to-date information can also be found on the PMG Project page at www.penndot.gov/pottersmillsgap.