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Cranberry drivers unlikely to feel impact of Route 228 project

| Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Drivers will see traffic restricted overnights in Cranberry for two weeks beginning on Monday for work related to the Interstate 79-Route 228 ramp project.

Township Manager Jerry Andree said township officials are happy with the overnight hours, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., as work during the day likely would have meant lengthy backups for motorists.

“It's a wonderful project that's well-coordinated by PennDOT,” Andree said. “It should have minimal impact on traffic.”

For the work, only one lane in the eastbound and westbound sides of Route 228 will be open, with passing lanes closed. One through-lane of Freedom Road to Route 228 will also be closed to match the Route 228 pattern.

Also, a left-turn lane from Route 19 south to Route 228 will be closed.

Monday only, there will be several rolling and temporary stops on Interstate 79 for equipment movement. The work will include rolling stops at the southbound ramp at Route 528 and the northbound ramp at Route 910, and temporary stops at Route 228 to northbound I-79 and from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to I-79 northbound. The stops will last up to 15 minutes.

The work will include removal of concrete medians, placement of pavement for temporary traffic patterns, setting barriers on ramps and removing power lines across I-79.

Work could begin at 8 p.m. some evenings, according to PennDOT, if traffic is light at the time.

The work is part of a project to add ramps leading from westbound Route 228 to I-79, to alleviate traffic on the congested Route 228. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Officials said earlier that since most of the ramp work will be done on the sides of Route 228, they don't expect major traffic delays.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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