From staff reports
The northwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a contract worth more than $32 million for reconstruction work on Route 8 in Irwin, Victory and Sandycreek townships.
Bids were received from three companies with the contract awarded to the low bidder, Glenn O. Hawbaker of State College.
The contract amount is $32,645,000, which will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.
Here’s a look at the project:
Phase 1 – All through traffic will be detoured from Old Route 8 to Route 8. It is expected to be in place for five days. This will allow for repairs to be made to the roadway, so it can be used for later detours.
Phase 2 – All northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured from Route 8 at the southern portion of the work area. The proposed detour route, which is 1.7 miles long, will use Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road. It is expected to be in place for two weeks.
Phase 3 – Southbound traffic on Route 8 will be detoured to Old Route 8 from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8. Northbound traffic will use the southbound lanes of Route 8.
Phase 4 – Southbound traffic on Route 8 will be detoured to Old Route 8 from the intersection of Route 8 and Polk Cutoff Road to the intersection of Route 8 and Old Route 8.
The detour length is 11.3 miles. It is expected to be in place for about six months during the 2021 construction season.
Information on the project is available at www.penndot.gov by clicking on the Construction Projects/Roadwork link under the Resources heading and then choosing the Venango County Route 8 Project tile.