The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that work to replace a box culvert in Potter County will begin Thursday, July 28. The box culvert spans a branch of the Genesee River on State Route 49 (North Street) in Ulysses. Replacing the box will improve its condition from fair to good. This box culvert is 8-feet long, dates from 1927 and carries an average of more than 1,700 vehicles daily.
Beginning July 25, the box culvert will be closed, and a detour will be in place. The detour will direct drivers to use Route 1008 (Empson Road), Route 1001 (Fox Hill Road), and Route 1003 (Main Street). This detour will be used for two weeks, July 25 through August 11. After the two-week detour is lifted, construction will be completed using roadway flaggers and an alternating traffic pattern.
This work will be a partnership project between Potter County PennDOT Maintenance and Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College. PennDOT will remove the existing structure, prepare the new box, and place back fill after the new box culvert is in place. The contractor will set the new box culvert, rebuild the roadway, install guiderail, and drainage updates, and perform line painting. PennDOT expects project completion by mid-August. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones, follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
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