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Franklin County drivers forced to slow down with multiple road projects ongoing

April 16, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — “Road Work Ahead” signs are popping up around Franklin County, Pa., slowing traffic and fraying nerves.

“There are a number of projects that start in the late summer or early fall and resume in the spring for final paving,” said Mike Crochunis, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A lot of the preparations, such as excavation and pipe work, can be done over the winter until the spring, when more favorable temperatures allow milling and resurfacing to be done.

PennDOT has 19 road projects on tap for Franklin County this year.

It’s been slow going for motorists on U.S. 11 in Greencastle, Pa., since November.

Work began last year at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16 to widen the intersection, add turning lanes and upgrade the signal, Crochunis said.

He said paving is slated for October, when the almost yearlong project is expected to be complete.

“This was identified through the planning partners and the local representatives and municipality as a project that was necessary,” he said.

The $1,388,582 project was awarded to Valley Quarries, Crochunis said.

In Chambersburg, the Pa. 316 bridge over Norfolk Southern has been closed since August for major rehabilitation.

“They are replacing the superstructure,” Crochunis said.

In addition, a decision was made to replace eight piers rather than refurbish them, he said.

The bridge is scheduled to be reopened by the end of next month, Crochunis said.

Work on the bridge cost $1,859,025. The contract was awarded to Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Later this summer, work will be done to exit 3 over Interstate 81.

“Work will be done to replace the bridge deck at exit 3 at U.S. 11 over the interstate,” Crochunis said.

Then, work will be done to widen the exit area to allow for additional movement. It’s a little tight there, he said.

Bids will be opened in May and a contract will be awarded in June.
Construction could begin by August, he said.

The combined cost of the interchange will be approximately $5 million, Crochunis said.

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