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Work on Route 66 to continue at least a week

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By Mitch Fryer
Friday, June 15, 2012, 8:48 p.m.

Commutes will remain slow for at least one more week on Route 66 near Ford City as resurfacing work continues.

"There's three to four days next week left on the project," Dan Barr, PennDOT project manager, said Friday.

Milling and asphalt paving has been going on for the past two weeks from the Riverside intersection, through the intersection at the top of Ford City hill and in Ford Cliff and Manor all the way to Speedy's ice cream stand in Manor.

"It's about a four-mile stretch of paving," Barr said.

Flagger controlled, single-lane traffic is in place along the route.

PennDOT officials say motorists should expect congestion and delays in the heavily travelled project area.

"Paving operations by nature tend to be slow moving," said Deborah Casadei, PennDOT District 10 public information officer. "You have equipment moving around and a hot mat being put down. It causes delays in certain areas."

Casadei has some suggestions for motorists.

"Slow down so traffic can move through safely," Casadei said. "Pay attention to flaggers. If you're stopped there's a reason up ahead of you. Be patient. If possible seek an alternate route."

The $1.78 million resurfacing project is being completed by Tresco Paving Corp. of Pittsburgh.

Work also is being done along Route 2016(Hill Road) in Ford City; Route 28 in South Bethlehem; Route 3128 (Ford City Road) in Cadogan and South Buffalo; Route 1016 (Calhoun School Road) in Wayne; Routes 85, 839 and 1042 (Main Street/Clearfield Pike) in Cowanshannock and curbs and sidewalks on Route 28 in New Bethlehem.

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