Travel advisory from PennDOT: Route 119 Indiana Hill, Punxsutawney

If you plan to travel State Route 119 south through Punxsutawney, you’ll be detoured around the Indiana Hill beginning May 6. Here is the latest from PennDOT:

A detour of State Route (SR) 119 through the Indiana Hill Bridge project will be in effect beginning on the morning of May 6, 2019 through July 20, 2019.  This detour will enable the removal of the Indiana Hill Bridge structure and placement of the remaining fill in that area, and the placement of a precast concrete box culvert carrying the Mahoning Shadow Trail.  In addition, construction of an additional travel lane will provide for a climbing lane southbound on SR 119 from the bottom of the hill to connect with the existing climbing lane above the bridge.

The detour during this time will be done utilizing SR 436 and SR 36 back through town to connect with SR 119.

To enable the free flow of traffic through the downtown area, several parking spaces will be temporarily removed on the section of West Mahoning Street between the Gilpin Street/Findley Street intersection.  Five of the seven parking spaces on the north side of West Mahoning Street (closest to the traffic signal at Gilpin Street) will be temporarily removed along with three of the 11 parking spaces on the south side of West Mahoning Street.

In addition, the “stop bar” on SR 119 north (South Gilpin Street) will be temporarily moved back 51 feet, and the “stop bar” on West Mahoning Street (SR 36 south, in front of Rite Aid) will be temporarily moved back 73 feet.

Motorists should slow down and use caution in work zones and obey flaggers and other traffic control devices. Expect congestion and delays in the project area. Fines are doubled for violations in work zones. Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the workers.

In another release, District 10, which includes roadways in Jefferson, Clarion, Armstrong, Indiana, and Butler counties, announced it would be a busy summer. In all, PennDOT plans to pave approximately 226 miles, repair or replace approximately 51 bridges, and seal coat approximately 442 miles of roadway.

One notable project is the Route 28/U.S. 322 intersection in Brookville which will cost about $3.9 million slated to begin this year.

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