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PennDOT Works To Address Traffic Delays From Route 322 Project

Traffic at a standstill
Anne Danahy
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WPSU

  

If you’ve driven on Route 322 where Centre and Mifflin counties meet recently, you may have sat in traffic at a standstill.

The delays have come from work on an $82 million project that will eventually mean easier — and safer — driving on Route 322. 

“We’re going to be improving the roadway from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway, and that will alleviate congestion, a lot of traffic to move more safely and freely through that Potters Mills Gap area,” said Brent Lykens, construction services engineer with PennDOT.

Now PennDOT is taking steps to address those traffic standstills. The contractor has been installing cross pipes for erosion and sedimentation control. That work was originally slated to take place around the clock. But, because of backed-up traffic, it is now taking place at night.

PennDOT safety press officer Tim Nebgen said that phase of the work is expected to be done by July 6.

He noted that the project is between two mountains. The area sees more than 16,000 vehicles a day.

“And so, there are going to be delays, but they should be significantly lessened after we have completed this phase of the project," Nebgen said. "This was the worst of it.”

The work will also be put on hold during busy weekends like the Arts Festival in State College.

Nebgen said PennDOT understands the delays can cause frustration. And they’re working with the contractor to minimize them.

The completed project is slated to be open to traffic in fall 2020.

Anne Danahy is a reporter at WPSU. She was a reporter for nearly 12 years at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a number of awards for her coverage of issues including the impact of natural gas development on communities.
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