Route 255 project inspected

Jeff Walker, a construction inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), looks over a gabion basket on the Route 255 project Thursday near Penfield. The project had its final inspection this week.

By Eric Hrin

PENFIELD — The year is wrapping up and so is a major local project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

The final inspection on the Route 255 project took place on Nov. 8.

“There were no unusual issues and the bulk of the project is complete,” said Marla Fannin, press officer for PennDOT District 2 in Clearfield. “Punch list items still to take place include general clean-up and driveway adjustments. That work is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving.”

In addition, she noted that the project, which started in mid-June, is finishing on schedule, except for some intersection paving that will be done in 2018.

Fanin said the contractor will return to the project in 2018 to pave the Route 255/153 intersection in Penfield.

“Sidewalk, curbing and ADA ramps at the intersection are already complete but we do not have weather conditions at this point that allow for paving,” she said. “We expect the intersection paving work to take place sometime in the spring.”

The project took place in Sandy and Huston townships, from Sabula to Penfield.

According to a news release from PennDOT, the four-mile work zone stretched from the Sandy Lick Creek near the village of Sabula toward Penfield and the intersection with Route 153, and the project improved drainage, as well as road and structure integrity and enhanced safety.

Beside drainage improvements, the work involved tree trimming, new inlets, milling, resurfacing, structure repairs, road safety paint markings, new traffic lines, and installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps at the Penfield Route 255/153 intersection and the paving that will be done there next year.

The contractor on the $6.2 million project was HRI, Inc. of State College.

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