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Expressway Roadwork to Begin Monday, Lane Closures Coming

by on March 22, 2015 12:27 PM

As the winter comes to a close and spring gets underway, the change in season can only mean one thing: road work.

The most recent construction project to begin in town this month will start Monday on Route 322, the Mt. Nittany Expressway.

The work zone encompasses the stretch of the Expressway from the Boalsburg interchange to the I-99 interchange at Innovation Park. For the time being, however, work will just be taking place on the bridge located at the Oak Hall interchange.

"Last year, we did work closer to the Innovation Park interchange, doing concrete patching and general roadway repair," says Marla Fannin, a PennDOT spokesperson. "This is just to repair the general integrity of the roadway."

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., the contractor for the project, will shut down the left passing lanes in each direction. Bridge work will take place through July.

Those driving through that stretch of road can expect lane shifts and a reduced speed of 45 miles per hour. The work along the Expressway will continue through the fall, with base repair, paving, bridge repair, patching, and other general roadway maintenance taking place.

"We’ll be out there until fall. There are repairs that have been needed for some time," Fannin says. "We’ve been planning that project for a good amount of time and we’ve been able to dedicate some money to that."

As is always the case with roadwork and lane closures, some congestion and delays can be expected for those driving through that area.

"On the Expressway, you’ve got a higher amount of traffic than you might have in some of our rural areas. We’ll lift restrictions during football season, and for holidays, move-in and move-out days, and graduation," Fannin says. "As far as everyday travel, folks are going to have to give themselves a little extra time."

Fannin adds that PennDOT urges drivers to take it easy, slow down, buckle up, and remain cautious while driving through work zones.

 

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Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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