Beginning in March 2014 and ending in November 2014 the northbound lanes of Route 309 will be closed to traffic in order for the State to perform extensive work to cut back the natural rock walls on the sides of the road and add containment fencing to prevent rocks from falling into the roadway. While this work is occurring, the northbound lane will be re-routed to the southbound lane, creating a single lane in each direction with a concrete dividing wall in the center. The crossovers will begin just below the top of the mountain and at Pine Run Road in Hanover Township.
Through the offices of Senator Lisa Baker, meetings are being conducted between Penn Dot engineers and fire, police and EMS units from Fairview, Wright, Rice and Hanover Townships, along with Township Supervisors, 911 call representatives and school districts representatives. State Senator John Yudichak’s office, and State Representatives Jerry Mullery, Karen Bobeck and Edward Pashinski were in attendance at the meetings. Preplanning is being done as to how to best respond to emergencies on the mountain and how to notify the public if there is an accident or breakdown in the construction zone.
In addition to ongoing construction lane restrictions, there will also be closure to all traffic, when blasting is being done.
To date it is known that the speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced to 35 MPH to try and minimize accidents and a possible ban on large truck traffic may be implemented. Also, message boards recently installed on I-81 southbound (not yet activated) and temporary message boards on either side of the construction zone will caution drivers as needed. The times and dates of blasting will be
See Roadwork page 9