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50 days of rain delays push York County I-83 project way behind schedule

Written by Teresa Boeckel/The York Daily Record | Nov 14, 2018 10:33 AM
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Crews will continue to work on Interstate 83 in southern York County, but the repair and resurfacing project will extend into the spring, PennDOT says. (York Daily Record file)

An Interstate 83 project in southern York County will not be finished before winter because crews lost more than 50 days of work from the rain, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews have been working during the overnight hours and on the weekends, trying to finish paving the highway before winter arrives.

"They'll pave as much as they can until Nov. 15, and then the rest of the paving will have to wait until the spring to be finished," PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said in an email.

The northbound side has been completed, but on the southbound side, the top coat only has been placed to the bridge over Route 216 at the Glen Rock exit, Penny said.

Drivers will continue to see daytime closures on the weekends as crews work on guide rails, sign placement, edge-line rumble strips, epoxy paint and other things.

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"When items other than paving are completed or the weather gets too cold to continue, the project will be shut down for winter and completed in the spring," Penny said.

Dry conditions and temperatures of 40 degrees or warmer are needed for paving, he said.

During late-season paving, crews can use 76/22 oil mixes, which is a grade of asphalt,  Penny said. That ended Wednesday.

York County has received 55.44 inches of rain so far this year, said Dave Samuhel, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com. The county is just 4.4 inches away from tying the wettest year on record, which was 1972.

The $11 million repair and resurfacing project started in the spring on a 7-mile stretch of the highway between Loganville and Shrewsbury.

H&K Group, Inc. of Skippack, Pa. is doing the work.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and York Daily Record.

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