2017-04-22 / Front Page

Route 6 downtown project full throttle

There are reports of scattered drivers ignoring the one-way signs and an occasional near-miss, but so far, the detours in downtown Coudersport have diverted traffic smoothly as contractors get down to business on the $4.6 million Rt. 6 reconstruction project.There are reports of scattered drivers ignoring the one-way signs and an occasional near-miss, but so far, the detours in downtown Coudersport have diverted traffic smoothly as contractors get down to business on the $4.6 million Rt. 6 reconstruction project.
Detours, dust and decibels are the temporary inconveniences as downtown Coudersport undergoes permanent improvement of the main artery carrying traffic through town.

Reconstruction of U.S. Rt. 6 on Chestnut, Main and Second streets began in earnest this month. By Thanksgiving, the highway will have a stabilized base, repaired drainage system, and a smooth driving surface from the West Street intersection to the Ludwig Lane intersection on East Second Street.

PennDOT is also repairing the World War II Veterans Bridge on Main Street and the Specialist Mike Franklin Bridge on East Second Street. Additionally, the department will be replacing some deteriorated curbing and sidewalks in the business district, relocating water lines, improving handicapped accessibility near intersections, and upgrading traffic signals.

It’s a $4.6-million investment by PennDOT, in partnership with Coudersport Borough. Glenn O Hawbaker is the contractor.

Work crews have most recently excavated the eastbound lane on the five affected blocks of Main Street, hauling away macadam and blacktop that have been layered over the years as temporary fixes.

Lane closures are now being controlled by temporary traffic signals. PennDOT said one lane of traffic will continue to be maintained at all times. That’s at least small consolation to the downtown businesses that are being adversely affected.

Westbound traffic is now carried on a detour using West Second, West, Water and Eulalia streets.

Later, eastbound traffic will exit Rt. 6 onto Mill Street to Oak, and then routed back to Rt. 6 at the Oak/Main intersection.

Another disruptive project is on the drawing board for early June. The department will be replacing its bridge over Dingman Run near Kightlinger Motors, necessitating a detour that will be in place for about two weeks.

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