Utility issues have delayed the ongoing roadwork on Interchange Road, resulting in drivers having to navigate with caution all winter long.
JET 24’s Syeda Abbas spoke with PennDOT’s project manager to find out what drivers can expect for the upcoming holiday season.
The traffic mess on Interchange Road has been this way for two years and it’s not going away anytime soon. The road project was supposed to be done by October; now they say it will be next spring before it’s completed.
People honking their horns on Interchange Road because of busy traffic lanes being closed; it’s a common noise to hear ever since the construction began on Interchange Road in 2016.
Cambridge Springs Resident Karen Lackovic says PennDOT should “see if they’re just not being efficient; if they hired the wrong civil engineers or whatever… But, it’s something we have to put up with if we’re gonna drive”.
The remaining construction consists of signal work, line painting at the Peach Street Interchange, drainage work, sidewalks, ramps, and general clean-up.
There will be no lane restrictions after November 16th, which is good news since Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season are just days away.
The project will be completed in the spring of 2019 and PennDOT is wrapping up work for this season.
PennDOT Project Manager Chad Tarr advises, “slow down, obey the posted speed limit, obey the flaggers out there, and use caution; it is a work zone.”
There will be some miscellaneous work being done until late December.
Tarr says, “Christmas time, holiday time, it’s always busy. The whole Peach Street area construction or not… People just need to slow down and give themselves enough time. “
Currently, at the intersection of Peach and Interchange, it’s a left turn only.
Contractors will not be penalized for the project not being done because the completion was contracted for Spring, 2019.
For those who are confused about the left-turn-only situation at the intersection of Interchange and Peach, the detour for cars is on Spiers to Marmon Road and for trucks, it’s Edinboro Road.