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Cold Weather Pushes Tree Cutting on Route 322 to Next Week

by on January 03, 2018 6:20 PM

Extreme cold temperatures have forced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to reschedule tree cutting -- and accompanying travel delays -- to next week in the Potters Mills Gap area of Route 322.

The work had originally been scheduled for Jan. 3-5, but the weather has slowed progress, according to PennDOT. Crews will continue to work away from traffic on Thursday and Friday, but there will be no traffic stops during that time.

Drivers should expect travel delays all of next week near the Potters Mills Gap section. Cutting and removing of trees will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 12. During tree cutting traffic will be stopped in both directions in 10 to 15 minute cycles along the two-lane section of the road.

The work is being done as an extension of phase two of PennDOT's Potters Mills Gap project and must be completed before work on phase three can begin.

Phase one constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road and phase two created the new, recently completed local interchange for Route 322 and Sand Mountain Road.

Phase three will reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills and will include a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. 

Once completed, the project is expected to alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.

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