Crews from Jay Fulkroad and Sons this week began preliminary road construction on the first leg of the three-phase Potters Mills Gap project on U.S. Route 322.
PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin said preliminary work could take up to two weeks, and “minimally” impact traffic.
“Beyond that, the contractor should have no significant traffic impact,” Fannin said.
The project will create a two-span concrete beam bridge over Route 322 at the Sand Mountain Road intersection, just west of Seven Mountains.
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The eastbound shoulder and truck pull-off area will be closed through the end of the week in order to place filter socks for the project. Eastbound traffic will be affected from the truck pull-off area to Sand Mountain Road, a report from PennDOT said.
Through Friday, the westbound right lane will be closed during daylight hours for filter sock placement and the setting of shoulder barriers. Westbound traffic will be affected from Sand Mountain Road to the end of the four-lane section.
Fannin said message boards and signs will be in place to alert motorists of traffic impacts. Crews also will direct traffic where needed.
The construction is part of a larger project to improve safety and reduce congestion on a 3.75-mile stretch of Route 322 from near its intersection with state Route 144 to the Centre County/Mifflin County line.
Work will include bridge construction, design and construction of the roadway, infiltration basins, traffic control, and other miscellaneous work.
Phase one work will continue through September and cost about $2 million, Fannin said. The other two expected phases, for improvements between Sand Mountain Road and the Potters Mills intersection both eastbound and westbound, are expected to total $76.5 million, she said.