2017-05-20 / Front Page

Rt. 6 project ahead of schedule


Nearly $5 million is being invested in downtown Coudersport as contractors continue to rebuild U.S. Route 6 from the West Street intersection east to the Ludwig Lane/Spc. Mike Franklin Bridge on East Second Street. Despite interruptions due to rain and mud, crews have stayed ahead of schedule by working 10-hour days. At this point, it’s likely they’ll finish by Thanksgiving. 
Alex Renn Photo Nearly $5 million is being invested in downtown Coudersport as contractors continue to rebuild U.S. Route 6 from the West Street intersection east to the Ludwig Lane/Spc. Mike Franklin Bridge on East Second Street. Despite interruptions due to rain and mud, crews have stayed ahead of schedule by working 10-hour days. At this point, it’s likely they’ll finish by Thanksgiving. Alex Renn Photo PennDOT reports that the reconstruction of U.S. Route 6 through downtown Coudersport is slightly ahead of schedule as crews eye an informal deadline of Thanksgiving to complete their work.

By then, the federal highway work zone on Chestnut, Main and Second streets will have a stabilized base, new drainage system, and a smooth driving surface. Work extends from the West Street intersection to the Ludwig Lane intersection on East Second Street.

PennDOT is also replacing the World War II Veterans Bridge on Main Street and repairing the Specialist Mike Franklin Bridge on East Second Street.

Additionally, the department is 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.

Townspeople and passersby alike have been able to witness the extent of this historic project firsthand as crews continue to focus on eastbound lane on the five affected blocks of Main Street. It began by hauling away macadam and blacktop that have been layered over the years as temporary fixes. Now, working in what amounts to a four-foot-deep pit the workers have been replacing deteriorated pipes and drainage systems while leveling the base of the high- way corridor. Lane closures are controlled by temporary traffic signals. 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, although parking is limited and access can be challenging.

For the foreseeable future, westbound traffic will continue to be carried on a detour using West Second, West, Water and Eulalia streets.

The restored eastbound lane of Rt. 6 will be opened to traffic, while westbound traffic will exit Rt. 6 onto Mill Street to Oak, and then routed back to Rt. 6 at the Oak/Main intersection.

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