Route 8 work continues

Crews with Francis J. Palo general contractors of Clarion are working on the final stages of the summer-long Route 8/62 project. They have been replacing a long section of retaining wall and reinforcing the existing wall along the two-mile stretch between Reno and Oil City. (By Richard Sayer)

From staff reports

The completion of a project to rebuild more than 500 feet of the Route 62/Route 8 (Allegheny Boulevard) retaining wall in Sugarcreek Borough has been pushed back several weeks.

PennDOT spokeswoman Jill Harry said the project, scheduled for completion on Monday, may take until Nov. 9 to finish.

The project includes the removal and reconstruction of 540 feet of the southern end of the retaining wall, which runs between the northbound lanes of Route 62/Route 8 and the Allegheny River. Work also includes roadway reconstruction.

Harry said the project date has been extended due to work on the retaining wall and additional paving.

The detour, which restricts both northbound and southbound traffic to one lane between Oil City and Reno, will remain in place until the end of construction, Harry said.

PennDOT began work on the project in late June.

The contractor is Francis J. Palo, of Clarion.

The contract cost is $3,643,567, which is to be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.