Oil City, PA – Lane restrictions are expected to begin next week on a project that will make Interchange Road/Zimmerly Road in Millcreek Township a safer and more efficient road for motorists to travel.
Short-term lane restrictions during daylight work hours at the Interchange Road bridge over Interstate 79 are scheduled to begin Monday, March 27, and continue through that week.
Longer-term lane restrictions on the bridge are expected to be established on April 3, as work gets under way to remove the raised median barrier on the bridge and establish turn lanes.
The project will improve approximately 1.5 miles of Interchange Road/Zimmerly Road from a point just west of the intersection with Zuck Road to the intersection with Route 19 (Peach Street).
Work will widen Zimmerly Road from three lanes to five lanes from Zuck Road to Interstate 79 and replace an existing 166-foot-long bridge over Walnut Creek.
The raised median on the bridge that carries Interchange Road over Interstate 79 will be removed to permit the addition of new left turn lanes for traffic to access northbound and southbound on-ramps.
Traffic signals will be upgraded and additional turn lanes will be added at the intersections with Route 99 (Edinboro Road) and Peach Street. Work on Interchange Road between Route 99 and Peach Street will improve drainage to alleviate flooding issues.
The contractor is Swank Construction Company of New Kensington PA. The contract cost is $20,997,745.61, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.
This project was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.
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