Route 160 safety improvements to begin next week
New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. is scheduled to begin safety improvements on Route 160 in Southampton Township and Wellersburg Borough on Monday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The road has been the site of several major accidents, including one involving a tractor-trailer and church, in the past several years.
Beginning Monday, the contractor will install long-term traffic control signage, install erosion and sedimentation controls and begin excavation work in preparation for work on the extension of the truck pull-off area. Work will take place under daylight traffic control during work hours. Traffic will be unrestricted during nonworking hours.
The overall project will include the installation of flashing beacons on four school bus ahead signs, larger 35 mph signs, sign upgrades from the Maryland state line to White Oak Hollow Road, the installation of two dynamic message boards to warn truck drivers to slow down, and the installation of flashing beacons on three existing truck pull-off ahead signs. The truck pull-off itself will be extended by 325 feet at the top of the mountain, according to PennDOT.
All work on this $1.2 million project is expected to be completed by October 2019.
On April 4, 2017, a tractor-trailer tore a hole in the Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church in Wellersburg after the driver lost control on Route 160. No one was injured in the crash. There have been at least 10 major accidents on Route 160 in Wellersburg in the past four years.