Road work to widen a narrow, congested stretch of Route 30 in Westmoreland County that began in January is on schedule.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is expanding a four-lane, 1.5-mile segment of Route 30 between Possum Hollow Road and Walton Tea Room Road that runs through Hempfield and along the border of Jeannette.
The $8 million project will widen the existing four-lane highway to five lanes, add left-turn lanes, replace four traffic signals and upgrade drainage.
The cramped segment of Route 30 is heavily traveled and was due for an upgrade.
"It was obviously for safety reasons because it's narrow through there," PennDOT construction manager Larry Maricondi said of the need to widen the road.
He said the department aims to keep two lanes of traffic open in both directions during daylight hours. Any lane restrictions imposed by PennDOT will occur after dark, he said, unless there is an "unforeseen occurrence."
Mr. Maricondi said that any lane restrictions that have occurred thus far were imposed by utility companies because of utility work, not road work; the actual widening of the road won't occur until the spring.
"If it's necessary to close a lane during the day, they will maintain traffic in a single lane," he said.
Three homes and two businesses had to be demolished to make way for the additional lane, he added.
The road work, which is being done by Frank J. Zottola Construction Inc., is expected to be completed in October.
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