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July 14, 2014

PennDOT plans Ellwood City area road upgrades

NEW CASTLE — Upgrades to Routes 65 and 288 in the Ellwood City area are planned for next year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent a letter to the Lawrence County commissioners detailing the proposed project, which also will extend into Franklin and North Sewickley townships in Beaver County.

The work will involve concrete pavement reconstruction and concrete patching and overlaying on Route 65, also known as Mercer Road, and Route 288, also known as Zelienople Road, along with minor structure and traffic signal repairs.

Guide rail, concrete median, pavement markings and signs also will be updated. Sidewalk curb ramps will be improved to Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the existing pavement and improve the smoothness and riding through the corridor, according to PennDOT’s letter.

Most of the work will involve long-term lane closures, with work going on day and night. One lane of traffic will be maintained during all operations.

Construction is expected to take place between spring and winter of 2015, the letter states.

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