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Contract Expected Soon For Work On Stretch Of Route 309

August 4, 2018

The contract to rebuild Route 309 through McAdoo will be awarded “any day,” an official of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said. The McAdoo project is at the top of the list of local transportation projects in PennDOT’s 12-year Transportation Improvement Plan in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Also on tap for this year is paving the entire Carbon County length of Interstate 80, and the paving of U.S. Route 209 through the boroughs of Lansford and Summit Hill. When construction will begin in McAdoo will not be known until a contractor for the project is selected. according to Ronald J. Young Jr., press officer for PennDOT’s Allentown district office, who said Thursday bids for the estimated $1.57-million project were opened last week, and are being studied by PennDOT officials now. “It is anticipated to be awarded to the lowest apparent bidder any day,” Young said. “Once it is awarded, there will be a meeting between PennDOT and the contractor to determine the Notice To Proceed date. Work on this project is anticipated to be complete by the end of November 2021, barring any unforeseen delays resulting from weather or other incidents beyond the control of the contractor.” So the contractor who will build the new road will have three construction seasons to complete it. Route 309, which is Kennedy Drive in McAdoo, will be rebuilt from approximately Haddock Road south of the borough to 300 feet south of the Carbon County line in Kline Twp. PennDOT opted for full-depth reconstruction, because of the poor condition of the road. The multi-year repaving of Route 309 from Tamaqua to McAdoo will continue with the McAdoo project, and go south to where the project, now traveling north, leaves off now at Ben Titus Road at Ginthers Corners, Rush Twp. Also included in the newly-updated 12-year construction plan is the resurfacing of Route 309 from Lofty Hill Road to McAdoo. Bids for that project will be advertised next April. There is $1.2 million for the work in the 2019 budget, and $1.5 million in the 2020 budget. The last leg of the project is from the Lofty Hill Road to Ben Titus Road. There is $2.45 million in the budget for that project in 2022. Contact the writer: jdino@standardspeaker.com 570-501-3585

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