New Transportation Plan Clears Way for Erie County Paving

- Oil City – A $2.5 million project that will resurface nearly 13 miles of roads in Erie County is now under way thanks to the state’s new transportation plan, Act 89.

The project will resurface portions of Route 8, Route 19 and Route 97 in the Waterford/Union City area of Erie County.

“This much needed roadwork is being made possible by Act 89,” said District Executive William G. Petit. “The new transportation plan will enable us to pave more roads and better repair the damage caused by a severe winter.”

Act 89, the legislation that resulted from a bipartisan consensus reached by Governor Tom Corbett and the Legislature, will enable District 1 to spend an additional $36 million to pave approximately 135 miles of road this year in its six-county service area of Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

The project in Erie County will improve travel for motorists on 3.58 miles of Route 8 north of Union City; on 3.75 miles of Route 19 extending south from the new roundabout construction under way near Waterford; and on 5.51 miles of Route 97 north of Union City.

The contractor is Russell Standard Corp. of Union City. The contract cost is $2,598.765.43, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

Work is scheduled to be completed in August.

No detours are anticipated, but traffic will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by flaggers during the work day. Motorists should anticipate the possibility of delays.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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