Route 309 Rock Removal Project Discussed

Traveling up and down the mountain will be slow going over the next several months as the Route 309 rock removal project in Fairview and Hanover Townships will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction beginning in mid-April. While the work is being done, the northbound lane will be re-routed to the southbound lane, creating a single lane in each direction divided by a concrete barrier. The crossover will start right below the top of the mountain.

Local municipal and state officials, PennDOT representatives, and concerned residents attended a meeting on March 27 in Fairview Township to discuss details of the $6.5 million project. PennDOT project engineer Ed Goy said about 20 feet of rock will be removed from the east side of the northbound lanes of Route 309, beginning at Route 2034 (Baby Road).

Tom Yoniski, a field representative for state Senator Lisa Baker’s office, reported the project has already started. The project, which had been scheduled to begin March 1 but was delayed due to weather, is expected to be complete in mid-November.

Engineer Brad Hontz of Latona Construction Co., the general contractor, said work started two-three weeks ago, that included finishing emergency pull offs and ripping out the median where traffic will cross over. Milling and repaving the southbound lanes will also be done.

Jeff Novitski of PennDOT reported that during manual patching two weeks ago, it was determined that there were so many areas that required patching, PennDOT decided to repave 7700 feet included in the two lane work zone. When they project is completed, said Novitski, PennDOT Executive Director George Roberts has plans to pave Route 309.

Plans also include new grates to help divert water runoff. Dominic Yanuzzi, an engineering consultant for PennDOT and project manager with Alfred Benesch and Co., explained new grates on inlet boxes will be installed to help prevent the water from coming across the road. He explained there are holes under the concrete barriers to allow water

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