Summer road construction plans announced

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EPHRATA — Road upgrades and road safety improvements are scheduled throughout the county during the summer. County commissioners approved $6,611,700 to pay for road improvement projects recently.

Safety projects include the addition of centerline and road shoulder rumble strips throughout the county; $920,000 is the total project cost. County crews will be installing additional warning signs at curves, and more of the small signs actually on the curve. Total cost for the sign project is $605,000.

The first phase of a major project is scheduled on East Wheeler Road (Northeast Road 3) between Northeast Road O and Northeast Road Q. The first phase is 1.88 miles. Public works director Jeff Tincher said that section of East Wheeler will be widened, with the base layer upgraded and the road repaved. That section of East Wheeler will be closed to through traffic during construction, which is scheduled for September. Total project cost is $1,150,000.

Northeast Road 4 also is scheduled for a major project between Hiawatha Road and Westshore Drive. It’s longer, at 4.42 miles, and a little more expensive, at $1,326,000. The existing surface will be removed and the road will be repaved. Work is projected to begin in June and last about two months, with the road closed to through traffic and detours in place.

About nine miles of Northwest Road 5 will be getting new pavement, with two projects being combined. The first project is a 3.16-mile repaving project from SR 281 to Northwest Road T. Cost is $855,000. The second is 5.68 miles from Northwest Road T, through the intersection of Northwest Road 5 and Northwest Road U to SR 28. Cost of that section, a “hot mix asphalt overlay,” is $30,000.

A 3.08-mile section of Lower Crab Creek Road is scheduled for paving; Tincher said it’s gravel currently. The cost will be $550,000. About one mile of Southeast Baseline.5, from Southeast Road N to Southeast Road O, also is scheduled for paving, at a cost of $250,000.

One project that had been scheduled for 2019 will be delayed. Cochran Road and a section of Ottmar Road were scheduled for repaving, along with curbs, gutters and sidewalks. But county officials are still working on some right of way issues, Tincher said.

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