West Fourth Street Project
(Note: The following information has been provided by PennDOT's communications office.)
Preparation for PennDOT's West Fourth Street reconstruction project in Newberry will continue in the spring of 2017 with the completion of upgrades to the project detour route.
This work, which includes roadway and railroad crossing upgrades and water line work on Trenton Avenue, widening and paving on McMinn Avenue and minor work at the intersection of Poplar Street, is expected to be completed by November 2017. A temporary signal also will be installed at the intersection of Route 15 and West Third Street and an additional turn lane will be constructed on the Route 15 northbound off ramp. These upgrades must be made before any roadway reconstruction work can begin on West Fourth Street.
The reconstruction of West Fourth Street won't begin until 2018, though there is the potential for utility relocations and maintenance and repairs to the roadway surface in 2017. The reconstruction project limits are from Hillside Drive to the west and US 15 ramps to the east. Work includes full depth reconstruction of the street, new curbs and sidewalks, ADA curb ramp upgrades, driveway and street tie-ins, storm sewer upgrades and the replacement of antiquated traffic signals. West Fourth Street also will be milled and resurfaced from Moore Avenue to the bridge spanning the Lycoming Creek as part of this project.
Contractors will close only the section of West Fourth Street on which they are actively working, not the entire roadway at once. Traffic will have access to all portions of West Fourth Street except where work is being performed. Side street access also will be available.
The pavement of West Fourth Street currently is severely deteriorated. The brick and concrete subbase was constructed in the 1920s and can no longer support the pavement. Simply paving over the deteriorated base is no longer efficient or economical.
Local residents and business owners will see a significant, long-term improvement in the condition of West Fourth Street once the project is completed.
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