Potters Mills tree cutting continues; watch for delays

POTTERS MILLS – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) advises drivers that tree cutting on Route 322 in the Potters Mills area will continue for the next two weeks, with travel delays possible during that time.

Motorists are advised to anticipate delays through January 25 in the Potters Mills Gap section of Route 322 in Centre County. Crews will continue to cut and remove trees along the two-lane section of this area with work hours set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anytime the work activity could impact travelers on Route 322, traffic will be stopped in each direction for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Drivers should plan for delays and allow for extra time to reach their destinations. These stops are enforced in the interest of public safety.

When work takes place away from traffic, no delays will occur.

The tree cutting is an extension of Phase Two of PennDOT’s Potters Mills Gap project and must be completed before work on Phase Three of the project can begin.

Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. Phase Two created the new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road. The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. The completed project will alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.

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