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Route 225 mountain work continues

Metal supports are driven into excavated segments of Route 225 on Peters Mountain in Halifax Twp. to address an issue with the slope separating from the roadway. (Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.)

As of press time (Nov. 17) for this week’s Sentinel, work was continuing on Route 225 across Peters Mountain and most likely will continue into next week, possibly longer.

A reporter was at the work site Nov. 13 and was informed by state Department of Transportation officials that at that time, it was not possible to project when the necessary work would be finished.

The entire segment of road across the mountain has been closed since Oct. 27. PennDOT officials had said the segment would be closed for “at least four weeks.’’ (Sentinel, Oct. 21 issue.)

According to PennDOT, workers are addressing two areas on the “north’’ (Halifax Twp.) side of the mountain where the slope had begun to separate from the roadway (cracks were visible along the shoulder beside the guiderails). One of the areas is about 360 feet in length, the other about 200.

The northbound lanes in those two areas have been excavated so that additional supports can be placed underneath the roadway and along the shoulder to stabilize the slope and prevent any new separation.

At the time of the Sentinel’s Nov. 13 visit, a pile driver, guided by a crane, hammered metal pieces of the support system into one of the two still-excavated roadway portions near the mountain’s base.

The work area – including both the crane and crew members – occupied both lanes of Route 225 with no margin to accommodate other traffic. It was not known when the rebuilding of the two excavated portions would begin.

At this time, all access to the work site for construction workers and PennDOT is from the ‘‘south’’ (Middle Paxton Twp.) side of the mountain, where different crews are performing drainage work and other repairs on the closed road.

Workers have been at the site six days a week, according to PennDOT.

Drivers have been asked to use Routes 147, 22/322 and 325 as detours.

More information on the project will be published at a later date.

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