High Street paving project to last all summer

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette John Hill of Flagger Force directs traffic around work by the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority on High Street Thursday. The work is in preparation for paving of High Street.

The state Department of Transportation has announced a resurfacing project on High Street set to begin next week.

According to a PennDOT spokesperson, prep work began this week for the state project which includes a stretch of the highway from Mill Lane on Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township to Hepburn Street in the city. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc, State College, was awarded the contract for the $2.3 million project.

Work includes milling and paving the road, new cut ramps and minor structure work on the bridge over Lycoming Creek and is expected to be completed by mid-September.

According to Dave Thompson, media contact for PennDOT, the work will “definitely improve the driving surface.”

A detour will be in place while work underneath the bridge is being done. The detour follows Lycoming Creek Road northbound to the jug handle at Mill Lane and to Lycoming Creek Road southbound exit at the Foy Avenue off ramp. This detour will be in effect during June and July.

During the construction, there will be daylight flagging and single lane conditions.

Thompson wanted to stress that this will be an active work zone and that motorists need to pay attention to driving.

“We want people to slow down and obey the speed limits. We want our workers to get home safely,” he said.