Interstate 180 paving begins Sunday night

Contractors will mill and pave the Interstate 180 in both directions between the Route 15 northbound interchange and the Carl E. Stotz Little League Memorial Bridge starting at 7 p.m. Sunday as part of a multi-year, $6.6 million project, reducing traffic to a single lane during work hours, according to the state Department of Transportation.

“When this project was put to bed for the winter last year, the contractor placed a temporary paved surface over the roadway,” said David Thompson, spokesman for PennDOT. “The work starting now will remove the temporary pavement and replace it with a permanent surface.”

Work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights for about four weeks, weather permitting. Some day work will be performed during off-peak hours.

“This is a high-volume roadway, no doubt about it. Doing the work at night will help reduce the impact. Rush hour traffic is a different animal from traffic at night,” Thompson said. “I don’t think we’ll see anything like some of the backlogs we sometimes have during the day.”

The project began in spring of 2016 and included placing a new deck on the bridge over the Lycoming Valley Railroad tracks, widening the eastbound lanes and placing a new concrete deck on the I-180 bridge over Maynard Street.

“The whole project should be completed in June,” Thompson said. “There may be some minor work that may need completed, such as lighting, but the project as a whole is scheduled to be completed by June.”

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. is the prime contractor on the project.

Further work on the interstate includes patching pavement in both directions from the Route 87 exit in Fairfield Township to the Northumberland County line, starting Monday.

There will be lane restrictions during this mobile operation from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, April 28.

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