Turning lane work begins at Route 8, Ewalt Road
Motorists can expect six months of stop-and-go driving on Route 8 in Richland while A. Folino Construction Inc. crews build a new lane for motorists making turns at Ewalt Road.
“The completion (date) for this project will be Oct. 31, 2014,” project manager Jack Roos of Oakmont-based A. Folino Construction recently informed Richland Township officials by letter.
“This construction project is essentially to add a turning lane at Ewalt Road and Route 8,” Roos said.
“At the intersection, you'll have two lanes going northbound, and two lanes going southbound, and a turning lane in the middle,” Roos said.
Folino crews planned to close the right northbound lane of Route 8 — between Krebs Road and Applewood Drive — on May 27.
“There will be one lane of traffic in the northbound direction, and two lanes in the southbound direction,” Roos wrote in his letter to Richland officials.
Crews are closing the right lane of northbound Route 8 to expand the highway from four to five lanes.
“This will require excavating cut-and-fill benches along the eastern side of Route 8,” Roos wrote to Richland supervisors. “There will also be new drainage, concrete curbs, and a new traffic signal as part of this expansion.”
Roos expects to reopen the right lane of northbound Route 8 in a couple of months and then close the right lane of southbound Route 8 to complete the road-widening work.
Richland Township is contributing about $1.7 million of the project's estimated $2.9 million cost.
“We've been working on this (project) seven years,” township manager Dean Bastianini said. “So I'm really glad to see it get under construction.”
PennDOT plans to use up to $1.3 million in federal dollars for the project, including improvements for southbound Route 8 motorists turning left onto Cook Road, near Bakerstown Antiques.
A. Folino Construction crews also will build an island to physically block already prohibited left turns onto Kenneth Drive by northbound Route 8 motorists.
In January 2013, Richland supervisors hired Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and H2 Engineering Services of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, to appraise 17 strips of commercial and residential properties needed for the road-widening project.
Affected commercial properties include Bakerstown Antiques, Pettinato Chiropractic Center, the Rite Aid pharmacy and Atria's restaurant, all on Route 8.
About a mile away, Route 8 motorists already are experiencing delays for another road-widening widening project at Hardies Road and Route 8.
“They'll be extra mad as they come by our project,” Roos said.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.