STORIES BY RICK DANDES  |  PHOTOS BY JUSTIN ENGLE

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories about what life is like on a typical day in various parts of the Susquehanna Valley.

Half a century after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation conceived of a mid-state highway — and after many years when plans had to be halted due to lack of revenue — the $670 million Central Susquehanna Thruway is now fully-funded, and construction is well underway. The northern section is due to be completed by 2022.

Thousands of cars, inconvenienced by delays, detours and lane closures on routes 15 and 147, can see only a fraction of the grueling, heavy construction work done behind the tree lines or at the Susquehanna River.

The Daily Item was recently granted permission by PennDOT and lead project contractor Trumbull Corp., of Pittsburgh, to go behind the scenes to witness a typical work day at the CSVT project.

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