4 highway projects starting next week in county

PennDOT on Friday announced details about four highway projects in Venango County that are scheduled to begin Monday.

The work includes upgrades to Route 322 in Franklin, improvements to Bissell Avenue in Oil City and the Rockland-Cranberry Road, repairs to Kennerdell Road in Clinton Township and a culvert replacement project on Hill City Road in Cranberry Township.  Here is a rundown:

Route 322 upgrades

Upgrades to Route 322 (13th Street) in Franklin are expected to begin Monday.

Work will be done between the intersection with Route 322 and Howard Street and the intersection of Route 322, Route 417 and Meadville Pike.

The project includes asphalt paving as well as improvements to drainage, traffic signals, pavement markings and signage.

Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will also make improvements to the railroad crossing in connection with the project.

Separate truck and car detours will be posted starting July 30 and will remain in place for 10 days.

The truck detour will be posted using Route 322, Route 417 and Route 8. The car detour will be posted using Route 322, Route 8, Front Street (Route 4002) and Route 417.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College. The contract is $872,564, which is to be paid 100 percent with federal funds.

Work is expected to be completed Aug. 10.

Bissell, Rockland-Cranberry improvements

A $2 million project that will give motorists a smoother ride on more than five miles of roads in Venango County is expected to begin Monday.

Roads to be improved include:

– Route 2013 (Rockland Cranberry Road/Pittsville Road) from the intersection with Rockland Station Road and McDowell Road to about 400 feet north of the Rockland/Cranberry township line.

– Route 1003 (Bissell Avenue in Oil City) from west of the intersection with Carroll Avenue to about 100 feet east of the intersection with Lynch Boulevard.

Work will include milling and overlay, drainage, ADA curb ramps, guide rail and pavement markings.

No detour is anticipated with this project, though motorists may encounter traffic controlled by flaggers.

The contractor is IA Construction Corp. of Franklin. The contract cost is 2,039,988.77, which is to paid entirely with state funds.

Work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 12.

Kennerdell Road improvements

Work is scheduled to start Monday to re-align Bullion Run, a tributary of Scrubgrass Creek, and make repairs to Kennerdell Road (Route 3008) in Clinton Township.

Bullion Run is located between the intersection of Kennerdell Road and Old Lisbon Road (Route 3007) and the intersection of Kennerdell Road and Barry Road.

Work will be done on the streambed to re-align Bullion Run to its natural flow along with repairs to the existing roadway and other miscellaneous construction on Kennerdell Road.

Re-alignment is necessary after the recent heavy rains. One lane of the roadway is currently open to traffic, and temporary stop signs are in place.

The road will remain open during construction, and motorists may encounter flaggers directing traffic.

The contractor is Mekis Construction Co. of Fenelton. The contract cost is $311,200, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 3.

Hill City Road culvert replacement

Work is expected to begin Monday to replace the steel pipe arch culvert that carries Hill City Road (Route 2015) over Halls Run Creek in Cranberry Township.

The 17-foot bridge is located on Hill City Road between the intersection with East State Road/Tippery Road and the intersection with Meadow Church Road/Rice Lane.

The steel culvert will be replaced with a precast, reinforced concrete box culvert.

Work also will include paving new roadway approaches, upgraded guiderails and new pavement markings.

A detour will be in place using Mapleshade Road (Route 2004), Sawtown Road (Route 2017) and Route 157.

The bridge was built in 1961 and is currently listed as structurally deficient. It is used by about 470 vehicles a day, on average.

The contractor is Chivers Construction Company Inc. of Fairview. The contract cost is $305,589, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 3.

All these projects are made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and pay attention to signs and flaggers.