Harrisburg, PA – A repair and resurfacing project is underway on Route 272 in southeastern Lancaster County. The project extends nearly 3.3 miles between Brown Road in Little Britain Township and the Chester County line. A little more than 4,800 vehicles travel on this road on a daily basis. Construction crews began early last week by milling the road, which is a mechanical operation that removes the top layer of old asphalt. The contractor is currently paving what is called a “scratch” coat on the road. Weather permitting, this operation will continue through most of next week. There will then be about a week of tree trimming along the project before the contractor paves the new asphalt surface layer on the road.
Traffic control involves single-lane traffic restrictions during the day with flaggers directing motorists through the work area. Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching and traveling through the work area – for their safety as well as for the safety of the construction crews.
This work is part of a construction contract between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsy Supply, Inc. of Annvile, Pennsylvania, for $2,815,516. In addition to this portion of Route 272, the construction contract also includes the resurfacing of a little more than 5 miles of Route 896 between Valley Road just south of Green Tree in Bart Township to Creek Road in Octoraro, Colerain Township. This portion of Route 896 carries nearly 3,500 vehicles a day. The work on Route 896 will likely get underway in June. The completion date in the contract that covers both highway improvement projects is late September.