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Barrier placement on U.S. Route 322 causes delays

Traffic is backed up on Route 322 North heading toward State College in Potters Mills on Wednesday.
Traffic is backed up on Route 322 North heading toward State College in Potters Mills on Wednesday. jmoyer@centredaily.com

Motorists experienced delays on U.S. Route 322 Wednesday in the Potters Mills Gap area as PennDOT construction crews placed barriers in preparation of tree removal.

Flaggers alternated a single-lane traffic pattern in each direction of U.S. Route 322 between state Route 144 and Decker Valley Road. At noon , delays were about 10 minutes, roughly 1 mile, for those traveling away from State College and 30 minutes, roughly 2 miles, for those traveling toward State College.

Marla Fannin, PennDOT communication relations coordinator, said the barriers had been set at 1 p.m.

The barrier placement and tree removal is necessary before phase three of PennDOT’s Potters Mills Gap project can begin, according to a release. Phase one was the construction of a new bridge at San Mountain Road. Phase two created a new local interchange on U.S. Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road.

Phase three will reconstruct U.S. Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills, including a new Route 322/144 intersection.

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