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Costly 220 corridor work beginning soon

The estimated $36 million Route 220 safety corridor project ideally will get started by fall, said Chris King, of the state Department of Transportation’s District 3, at the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Technical Committee meeting Monday morning.

The long-awaited construction project is expected to take three years to complete, he said.

Funding was secured last year that will allow the department to address both the road and infrastructure.

In addition to replacing “a couple” bridges, other goals include prohibiting left turns onto Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore and providing safer turn-around points, King said.

“Access management has been the goal all along,” he said.

Once all is completed, that entire segment of highway will be resurfaced to ensure a smooth ride, he added.

The bridgework likely will come first, followed by temporary pavement and addressing the u-turns and left turns.

“There’s going to be a lot of changes in traffic patterns,” King said.

He hopes a contractor will be in place by fall with the notice-to-proceed.

In addition to the safety corridor update, King presented a list of federally funded projects set to begin throughout the year, including microsurfacing along Interstate 180 from the Market Street bridge to the Loyalsock Creek bridge.

That work is expected to cost $950,000 and is set to begin Thursday.

Shiffler Avenue, in Loyalsock Township, is expected to be resurfaced from South Northway Road to Washington Boulevard at a cost of $150,000 starting on Valentine’s Day.

Resurfacing along Lycoming Creek Road between Beech Street and Mill Lane is expected to begin March 14 and cost about $3.05 million.

Third Street also will be resurfaced from River Avenue to Loyalsock Creek at a cost of about $2 million starting April 11.

“Old Lycoming and the Golden Strip are going to be high-profile, simple projects — simple in our world,” King said.

In another matter, the committee confirmed the details of a PennDOT Connects program for municipal officials to learn about available resources and preview the countywide Transportation Improvement Program projects.

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. March 13 at Trade and Transit II, 144 W. Third St.

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