Improvements on Routes 44 and 144 Made Possible through Partnership and Act 89 Funding



Galeton, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and project partners held a kick-off event today for a $17.5 million project on Routes 44 and 144 that will rehabilitate more than 50 miles of weight restricted roadway in Potter County.

The project, which will result in removal of the current weight restrictions, was made possible through ACT 89 funds and through a special partnership between industry haulers and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Industry partners include Shell, Tenaska, and Dominion Transmission. They are contributing a combined total of almost $2 million toward the project. PennDOT is funding the rest of the project through Potter County Maintenance investments as well as funds dedicated to upgrading weight restricted highways through ACT 89, the state’s transportation funding plan.

Work on the two-year project will include roadway drainage, full depth reclamation, asphalt overlay/paving, and guide rail updates.

The work zone on Route 144 stretches from PennDOT’s Germania stockpile to the borough of Galeton. Drainage work will take place first this summer. Full depth reclamation of the roadway, guide rail updates and roadway paving will take place in September and October. Once full depth reclamation work begins, a detour will be in place. The detour for work on Route 144 will include Route 44 and Route 6.

The Route 44 work zone stretches from Cherry Springs State Park north to Sweden Valley and Route 6. Full depth reclamation work and paving will take place this summer from Carter Camp to the village of Oleona. Some drainage work will also be included. Full depth reclamation work will first take place between Billy Lewis Road and Route 6 on July 20, under a detour condition.
The detour for work on Route 44 will include Routes 6 and 144.

Drivers familiar with the work area can use alternate routes.

In 2016 work will include full depth reclamation on Route 44 from Cherry Springs State Park to the village of Carter Camp. That work will also include drainage, guide rail updates, and paving. 2016 will also bring full depth reclamation, drainage updates, guide rail updates, and paving from the village of Oleona to the Lycoming County line.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this project that is expected to finish in November of 2016.

Through the early stages of work, drivers will need to be alert for flaggers in the roadway as an alternating traffic pattern will be enforced. Motorists are advised to be cautious when driving through work zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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