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Longer Traffic Delays Expected for Potters Mills Gap

by on June 13, 2019 2:54 PM

Drivers who regularly travel between through Potters Mills Gap on U.S. Route 322 are already accustomed to traffic delays that have come with PennDOT's multi-year construction project in the area.

But next week, especially, they probably want to use alternate routes.

Starting Monday and continuing through June 28, delays could be as long as one to two hours on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Roadway flaggers will be enforcing an alternating traffic pattern between Route 144 and Decker Valley Road while utility relocation take place.

Flagging and traffic volume will result in the lengthy delays. PennDOT advises drivers to visit 511PA before heading out to determine length of delays and potential alternate routes. Digital message boards in the region also will display travel times and delays.

"Long-haul, commercial truck drivers are strongly encouraged to use Routes 11/15 and I-80 as an alternate route," according to a PennDOT news release.

Before those longer delays, drivers should be prepared today and Friday for potential 15-minute stops in each direction for slope excavation work in the same area.

One mile east of Potters Mills, a crossover between Decker Valley Road and Sand Mountain Road, with one lane available in each direction, will remain in place through September. Within the crossover is a 14-foot width restriction for westbound traffic and a 15-foot width restriction for eastbound traffic.

Work also will continue off the road and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting through the Potters Mills area.

The current work is part of phase three of the Potters Mills Gap project, which began in 2015. Phase three will reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road at Seven Mountain to Potters Mills, including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection that will be a part of a local access road. PennDOT says the new road is still on schedule to be open in October 2020.

Phase one included construction of the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road and phase two created the new interchange for Route 322 and Sand Mountain Road.

The completed project is expected to 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.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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