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Route 981 widening to restrict traffic in Unity

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Traffic may be halted intermittently on Route 981, just south of Route 30, this week as work proceeds on the final phase of reconstructing Route 981.

Traffic is expected to stop to allow construction equipment to enter and exit the work zone in Unity Township, according to PennDOT.

Daylight traffic restrictions will be in effect beginning Friday, when concrete barriers will be removed and crews will mill the road surface from the intersection of Arnold Palmer Drive through the entrance of the Kennametal plant. On Saturday and continuing Monday through July 20, a final asphalt wearing course will be placed on the road between Arnold Palmer Drive and the roundabout at the new entrance to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

When the work is finished, a middle turning lane will be in place along that stretch of Route 981.

The roundabout, which replaced a four-way stop sign, a new connector to Charles Houck Road and highway improvements near the entrance to Westmoreland Airpark also were included in the $13.9 million project.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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