Wednesday April 10, 2019

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 38; .02” rain

Penn Dot announces construction projects for region… of undetermined origin damages house in Jones Township, Elk County….State police at Ridgway find hit and run driver….

Nearly 90 projects were highlighted this week as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced the work that will take place across District 2’s nine-county region during the 2019 construction season. Overall highlights in the 2019 construction season for District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties) include:
• approximately 106 miles of paving;
• approximately 39 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
• approximately 387 miles of roadway will be seal coated.

Other notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:
• Atherton Street (Business Route 322) in the State College area featuring roadway, drainage, and utility improvements;
• Route 879 bridge preservation of seven bridges in Clearfield County; $4.8 million; work will carry through October 2020;
• Route 120 bridge preservation of two structures in Grugan& Chapman Townships in Clinton County; $2.2 million;
• Route 255 roadway betterment St. Marys to Johnsonburg; $4.4 million;
• Route 35 bridge replacement over Cocolamus Creek in Fayette Township; companion project to 35/A08; bridges are close together; $2.6 million;
• Route 321 full depth reclamation; milling, reconstruction, drainage; $4.3 million; and
• Route 322 resurfacing from Reedsville to Burnham in Brown and Derry Townships in Mifflin County; $7.1 million.
Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

• Route 120 slide corrections in Cameron County; $851,000;
• Route 26/I-80 study to consider potential safety improvements through the area of the westbound ramps in Spring, Marion, and Boggs townships; $663,000;
• Route 219 bridge preservation on two bridges over Slab Run near Falls Creek in Clearfield County; $1.7 million;
• Route 120 slide correction work in Grass Flats Run area of Clinton County; $677,000;
• Route 120 retaining wall project on Brusselles Street in the city of St Marys; $515,000;
• Route 333 roadway restoration & concrete rehabilitation in Thompsontown Borough and Delaware Township; $1.8 million;
• Route 346 bridge preservation on structure over Tunungwant Creek (City of Bradford); $2 million;
• Route 22 high friction treatment at various locations in Mifflin County including ramps at the 22/322 Lewistown interchange; $1 million; and
• Route 44 roadway reconstruction to address 13 miles of roadway; $4.5 million.
This is National Work Zone Safety Week which has the theme “Drive Like You Work Here.” As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep their safety and the safety of highway workers in mind. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state’s transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit
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The cause of a fire in Jones Township, Elk County Tuesday morning which caused $5,000 in damage to a home located at 1656 Maple Lane is undetermined. The fire broke out at around 7:20 am inside the house owned by Charles Steger of Ridgway. The damage was covered by insurance.

Ridgway based state police have cited a Johnsonburg man for hit and Sunday in the parking lot of Elk County Foods in that town. Police claim 56 year old Norman Brown was driving a Ford Escape which backed into a legally parked Chevrolet Equinox and drove away without notifying the owner or police.

Minor injuries were reported for a Mainsburg, PA motorcyclist after an accident Sunday afternoon on Route 287.Thomas Maxwell swerved his Harley Davidson to avoid a small animal on the road. The bike slid into a gravel pull off before coming to rest on the berm. The bike was drivable but Maxwell was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of his injuries.