The first part of a widening project on Route 124, known locally as Mount Rose Avenue, is expected to be wrapped up in the next two or three weeks.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Crochunis said widening and drainage work between Haines and Hartford roads should be finished sometime in early September.

That work is needed in order for paving, which will be done at a later date, to proceed.

As that preparation work comes to an end, work farther east on Mount Rose Avenue is starting.

Drainage work is under way between Hartford and Chambers roads, Crochunis said.

"There's one that's wrapping up and there's one that's getting under way," he said.

The project is in Springettsbury and York townships.

The project: The $3.2 million contract includes building demolition, utility relocation, road widening and reconstruction to accommodate two lanes of traffic in each direction with a center-turn lane, drainage improvements, curb and sidewalk installation, resurfacing and new traffic lines.

It is part of a larger project that began in 2012 to widen Mount Rose Avenue east of the Interstate 83 interchange and to realign a curve on Route 124 in Windsor Township.

The $1.3 million project to realign the curve was completed last Labor Day.

As for the ongoing widening project, final paving is expected to be complete in May 2015, Crochunis said.

With the winter months looming, crews could continue working if the weather isn't too harsh.


Big finale: A project to improve the Mount Rose Avenue intersection with Route 24 is scheduled to begin as soon as September, Crochunis said.

As part of that project, the signal light at the intersection of Chambers Road and Mount Rose Avenue will be removed.

That will be followed by the reconstruction of the I-83 interchange with Mount Rose Avenue at Exit 18.

The $56.2 million interchange redesign project includes:

--a loop ramp for eastbound traffic on Mount Rose from I-83 southbound,

--aligning the northbound off-ramp with Haines Road so drivers won't have to cross two lanes of traffic on Mount Rose to get into the left-turn lane, and

--adding a new ramp so drivers headed east on Mount Rose can enter I-83 northbound without having to make a left turn.

The project should be finished at the end of 2017.

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