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Section of U.S. Route 322 reopens after months of construction

PennDot on Thursday announced that a portion of U.S. Route 322 has reopened near Potters Mills after months of road construction. The first part of the roadwork was the building of a new bridge at Sand Mountain Road last year. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
PennDot on Thursday announced that a portion of U.S. Route 322 has reopened near Potters Mills after months of road construction. The first part of the roadwork was the building of a new bridge at Sand Mountain Road last year. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Centre Daily Times file photo

It’s time to get used to a major change for local drivers.

For months, travelers traversing the stretch of U.S. Route 322 between Decker Valley Road in Centre County and the Mifflin County line have been down to just one lane each way as the Potters Mills Gap road construction project has progressed.

But according to the state Department of Transportation, everything is going back to normal. The state announced Friday that the road was back to two lanes in each direction.

According to PennDOT, the project is in Phase Two of a three-phase job. The first part was the building of a new bridge at Sand Mountain Road, with the second addressing the interchange at that road.

The final phase “will bring the reconstruction of Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills — including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. Once all three phases are complete, congestion through this area will be reduced, access concerns will be alleviated, and traffic will move more smoothly and safely from the Centre County/Mifflin County line to west of Potters Mills,” PennDOT said in a release.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor for the project with its $8.7 million price tag.

Completion is expected by the end of the year.

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