The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 7, 2012

Route 45 reconstruction project begins Friday in Mifflinburg

The Daily Item

— MIFFLINBURG — A contractor will soon start work on the roadway reconstruction and ADA-compliant curb ramp project along Route 45 in Mifflinburg.

The project will reconstruct Route 45, also known as Chestnut Street, between Route 104 (10th Street) at the west end and Forest Hill Road (Route 3007) at the east end.

The project’s initial work phase will begin on Friday with a November to January work phase, shut down for February and March, and then the bulk of the roadway reconstruction work from April through October 2013.

The 1.35-mile-long project begins Friday with curb and sidewalk modifications, and utility work.

In mid-December, and following a public meeting to discuss the details, a subcontractor will begin cutting trees along Chestnut Street until the end of January. The “pre-tree cutting” meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Mifflinburg Borough building.

Following the short winter shutdown, construction will resume in the early spring.

The 2013 roadway reconstruction will be performed in four phases, each being two or three blocks long, and will progress from west to east over the spring, summer and fall. All 2013 construction phases will utilize both car and truck detour routes.  The car detours will all utilize; Marble, Market and 10th streets, while the truck detour route will be divided into two separate longer routes, one each for the eastbound and westbound truck traffic.

When the work is completed, the new and improved road surface will provide many years of maintenance free, smooth driving, officials from the state Department of Transportation said.

The new curb ramps will provide many decades of unobstructed pedestrian transitions between sidewalk and roadway crosswalks.

All work in this $3.87 million contract is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2013.