UPDATE: Pothole patching finished at I-83's Mount Rose Ave. interchange
FRIDAY, FEB. 15 UPDATE:
At 2:40 p.m., PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said pothole-patching work has been completed at and near Interstate 83's Mount Rose Avenue interchange (Exit 18).
Lanes have reopened, according to an email from Penny.
Traffic woes caused by the behind-schedule construction project at Interstate 83's Mount Rose Avenue interchange will temporarily get worse.
Lane closures are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15., in both the northbound and southbound lanes, so potholes can be patched near the Mount Rose Avenue exits (Exit 18), according to the state Department of Transportation.
Crews will start patching in the right southbound lane about 9 a.m., eventually moving to the right northbound lane, PennDOT said.
The patching work is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m., according to PennDOT.
Drivers can check for traffic delays at www.511PA.com.
The construction company handling the nearly $61 million project missed its completion deadline of June 2018, but was given an extension until Nov. 12 for reasons including necessary utility work and the redesign of some bridgework, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny has said.
When Cherry Hill Construction Inc. of Jessup, Maryland, missed the extended deadline, PennDOT began levying a daily civil penalty of $5,825 against the company, Penny said, in what PennDOT calls "liquidated damages."
At this point, the goal is for the project to be "substantially complete" by the end of 2019, Penny said, with final paving expected to be done in the spring of 2020, once the weather is warm enough.
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