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Article published March 4, 2013

New traffic patterns, delays start March 11

Bob Schultz
Cranberry Eagle

CRANBERRY TWP — New traffic patterns will be in place on Route 228 east and west and on Route 19 south and Freedom Road for night road construction work.

Traffic pattern changes in the two project areas will begin March 11 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and continue for two weeks until the work is completed.
On Route 228 east and west, passing lanes will be closed in both directions, and traffic will be restricted to one lane in either direction.
On Freedom Road, the one through-lane will be closed to match the closures on Route 228 and one left turn lane will be closed on Route 19 because of traffic restrictions.
On March 11 only, there will be rolling stops on Interstate 79 at the Route 528 Exit for Evans City and the Route 910 Exit for Wexford, and a temporary stop on ramps at Route 228 to I-79. The duration of the stops will be about 15 minutes.
Traffic will run normally during daylight hours.
The night construction work will include removal of concrete medians and placement of asphalt pavement for temporary traffic control to help the next phase. Barriers will be set on the ramps, and the electrical lines over I-79 will be removed, according to a PennDOT spokesman.
Work began in December on the $14.7 million Route 228 ramp project that is expected to eliminate cross traffic tie-ups for motorists trying to access I-79. The project is expected to be done by October 2014.
The work is being done by the Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington.
The project will eliminate two turns from Route 228 to I-79.
It involves the construction of a new northbound on-ramp, a new southbound loop ramp, and the reconstruction of the southbound off-ramp at the interchange of I-79 and Route 228.