Now that the first stages of construction on the realignment project at the intersection of Routes 62 and 257 in Oil City have begun, PennDOT tells us that the first short-term traffic stoppages should begin next Monday, April 15.
For most of the $2.8 million project which should continue through the end of November, traffic will be maintained with flag persons or by lane shifts, but occasional stoppages of as long as 15 minutes will sometimes be required. PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll tells KQW that his agency will try to advise the public in advance of the dates these stoppages will be needed.
The project to realign and relocate the intersection will include roadway widening, milling and resurfacing, the relocation of water and sewer lines, a new traffic signal, new ramps and sidewalks, and updates to drainage, guiderails, signs, lighting and pavement markings.
In August, Route 62 in Cranberry Township, north of the intersection, will be closed for about six weeks for the replacement of a 29-foot bridge over Sage Run.
PennDOT’s official detour for cars and for trucks under ten tons will include Route 257, East State Road, Horsecreek Road and Route 157. The detour for trucks heavier than 10 tons will include Routes 257, 322, 208 and 157.