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Daylight restrictions coming to Route 30

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Motorists on Route 30 in the City of Jeannette will start to experience some daytime delays while utilities are relocated to accommodate the ongoing project.

Drivers who travel Route 30 between Possum Hollow Road and the Toll 66 Interchange will see utility relocation work is beginning along the established Route 30 work zone area. The utility work includes water line installation and fiber optic cable placement. The only difference drivers will notice is that utility work is permitted to take place during daylight hours. PennDOT's construction work is now complete until the utilities are relocated.

Because the first phase of this $8 million project, which will widen this stretch of Route 30, is complete for now, night operations are suspended at this time. Various utility companies will work during the daytime through the spring. Heavy congestion is expected, according to PennDOT, and drivers should allow for extra time.

PennDOT is expected to return to its nighttime work in April and remain until the project is finished. Overnight work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During those hours traffic is reduced to a single lane, usually in one direction only. Single-lane closures are implemented Mondays through Thursdays, but in the event of bad weather, on weekdays the contractor, Frank J. Zottola Construction, will work Friday evenings to make up for the lost day.

The project is expected to be finished in October.

The project work consists of widening the existing four-lane roadway to five lanes to add left-turn standby lanes.

Four traffic signals will be replaced, drainage will be upgraded and curb-gutter will be installed.

The entire project will be paved with new asphalt.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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