Construction on Harrisburg's Front Street starts Monday

Written by WITF Staff Reports | May 8, 2015 3:16 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's construction project to repair and resurface Front Street in the City of Harrisburg, gets underway on Monday, May 11.

Motorists are advised that starting at 9 AM on Monday, Front Street will be reduced from three to two lanes of traffic between Shamokin Street and Herr Street.

Initially, the long-term lane closure will be on the east side (i.e., city side) of the road and be in effect around-the-clock. During the course of the project, there will always be two lanes of traffic available to motorists during the days.

But during the overnight hours - between 7 PM and 6 AM - the contractor is permitted to limit traffic to a single lane.

The work that will be getting underway includes be tree removal, resetting granite curbing, building curb ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and replacing drainage inlets. There is an extensive amount of curb work to be done as well as road base repair.

The intent of the project is to complete all mainline paving on Front, Paxton, and Second Streets this paving season. However, it is more likely that only some of the final paving will be done this year, with the balance completed next year. The contract completion date is June 17, 2016.

As part of the project, the portion of Front Street between Division Street and Herr Street will be converted from three 10-foot-wide travel lanes to two 10-foot-wide travel lanes, a 6-foot-wide shoulder on the right to be designated as a bike lane, and a 4-foot-wide shoulder on the left. A wide white line and rumble strips will separate the right travel lane and the bike lane. This probably won't occur until near the project's completion, most likely in spring 2016.

PennDOT has contracted with Blooming Glen Contractors, Inc. of Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania, to conduct the highway improvement for $4,243,009. This is essentially a road repair and resurfacing project for two miles of Front Street, from Division Street to Paxton Street; and then Paxton Street, from Vine Street to just short of Cameron Street. Also included in the contract is a portion of Second Street, from Paxton Street to the railroad bridge with the low clearance. Funding for this project has been made possible by Act 89, the transportation funding legislation signed into law in November 2013.

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