Potters Mills Gap Delays Likely for Work on Route 322 Project
State College, PA – Work on the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project in Centre County has been underway since spring and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists to potential travel delays in this area through the end of June.
· From Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21, crews will be saw-cutting on Route 322 between the 322/Route 144 intersection at Potters Mills and Red Mill Road/Mountain Back Road. This work will take place during daylight hours and an alternating traffic pattern controlled by roadway flaggers will be in effect.
· From Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28, crews will be performing drainage work and cross pipe installation between the 322/Route 144 intersection at Potters Mills and Red Mill Road/Mountain Back Road. This work will take place around the clock and an alternating traffic pattern controlled by roadway flaggers will be in effect.
· An alternate route for drivers familiar with the area would be to use Route 322, Route 45, and Route 144.
The crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road remains in place, with one lane available for each direction of traffic. This restriction will be in effect through fall of this year, along with an 11-foot width restriction.
Drivers who commute through this area on a regular basis are encouraged to build in 15 to 20 minutes of extra travel time to their schedule. Delays could fluctuate dependent on day of the week, time of day, and traffic volumes. PennDOT will display approximate travel times on message boards in the region.
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 that will be a part of the local access road.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $82 million project.
Work has been taking place through the Potters Mills area since 2015, when Phase One saw the construction of the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. In 2016 and 2017, Phase Two created the new local interchange at Sand Mountain Road. PennDOT expects the new roadway to be open to traffic in the Fall of 2020.
You can learn more about the entire project by visiting the “Construction Projects/Roadwork” section of www.penndot.gov/district2.
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