Route 16 road work to begin next week between Greencastle and Waynesboro

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

HARRISBURG — PennDOT has announced that drainage and roadway base repair work will begin Sept. 29 on a 6.5-mile section of Route 16 between the boroughs of Waynesboro and Greencastle in Franklin County because of the state’s new transportation plan.

The $3,991,980 contract was awarded on July 3 to Valley Quarries, a division of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., of New Enterprise, Bedford County. The contract includes drainage pipe and inlet installation, roadway base repair, milling and resurfacing, guiderail updates, and new pavement markings on Route 16 from the West branch of Antietam Creek at the Waynesboro Borough line through Washington and Antrim townships to just west of the I-81 overpass at Exit 5. The project is financed with 100 percent state funds from Pennsylvania’s new transportation plan, Act 89.

In April, Governor Tom Corbett announced that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89.

Funding provided by Act 89 will make significant progress in addressing major roadway, bridge and transit needs across south central Pennsylvania. In the eight-county area, the new transportation plan will enable PennDOT to advance $60 million in additional work this year, including rehabilitating 17 deteriorated bridges and resurfacing 20 roadways including four interstates.

PennDOT advises those who travel Route 16 that they may encounter single-lane traffic restrictions with flaggers assisting them through the work zone on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015.

This section of Route 16, locally known as Buchanan Trail East, averages 13,600 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.