PennDOT’s Engineering District 8 has announced two imminent road maintenance projects that will affect Lebanon County motorists.

Detour starts today for box culvert project on Gold Mine Road

For the next week, drivers in northern Lebanon County looking to get to Dauphin and Schuylkill counties by “going over the mountain” will have to give themselves more time.

Gold Mine Road in rural northern Lebanon County will be closed at 7:00 a.m. on July 7 for replacement of a culvert that carries the roadway over Evening Branch Creek. PennDOT hopes to re-open the road on Monday, July 13.

Gold Mine Road connects Route 443 north of Lickdale to Route 325 in southwest Schuylkill County near the Dauphin County border.

A contractor will install a new precast concrete box culvert at the creek. PennDOT maintenance crews from Lebanon County will perform site prep including demolition of the existing culvert, and will back fill and pave the roadway once the new box culvert is in place.

Traffic will be detoured for the duration of the project.

Southbound motorists at the north end of Gold Mine Road will use Route 325 North, Route 209 North, I-81 South, and Route 443 South to Gold Mine Road.

Northbound motorists at the south end will use the same roads in reverse.

Gold Mine Road detour. Click here for larger view

Line painting will be underway soon

A PennDOT contractor has begun a $2.1 million, 1,100 mile line painting project on multiple routes throughout Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.

Work is currently underway in Adams and York Counties, and is expected to reach Lebanon County later in the summer.

PennDOT spokesman Dave Thompson said that specific Lebanon County highways targeted for new lines haven’t been designated yet, but that he expects the work to mainly be on interstates and limited access highways in the county.

Thompson said that painting operations will be underway seven days a week once they start and that “motorists should be patient, increase following distance, stay off freshly-painted lines and refrain from passing paint trucks.”

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...


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