UPDATE - MAY 21: Due to the rain today and the limited daily amount of material allowed in the landfill, PennDOT will now continue with the ACM removal on Thursday, May 22, Friday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 27. Barring any inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday should be the last day for road closures and detours.
Looking ahead to next week, motorists who use New Holland Avenue at the east end of the City of Lancaster will experience daytime closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a milling operation to remove the old blacktop surface on the pavement. The area to be milled is located between East Ross Street and Walnut Street. Nearly 14,000 vehicles use this portion of New Holland Avenue on a daily basis. Traffic will be detoured during the day around the milling operation. The area where the milling operation is underway will also be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists while the work is underway.
The milling operation will start at the east end at East Ross Street and proceed west toward Walnut Street. The first day will address the area between East Ross Street and North Reservoir Street; the second day will deal with the pavement between North Reservoir Street and North Franklin Street. The eastbound detour for both of these sections will utilize westbound Walnut Street, North Lime Street, and East Ross Street back to New Holland Avenue. The westbound detour will utilize East Ross Street and North Plum Street.
Barring any delays due to weather or equipment breakdowns, the third day will address the portion of New Holland Avenue between North Franklin Street and North Plum Street. The last section to be addressed on Thursday and Friday is the state road portion between North Plum Street and Walnut Street. The eastbound detour for these two sections will utilize westbound Walnut Street, North Lime Street, and East Ross Street. The westbound detour will direct motorists south on North Franklin Street to Walnut Street.
In addition to the daytime milling operation, nighttime paving work is also scheduled. Construction crews will be paving new blacktop to replace the old asphalt that has been removed by the milling operation. This nighttime work will take place between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. during the weeks of May 19 and May 27. No paving will take place over the Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day. The paving operation will restrict traffic to a single lane with flaggers assisting motorists through the work zone.
Some of the old asphalt pavement in this area contains very low levels of asbestos. In the 1960s and early 1970s, asbestos fibers were sometimes used in asphalt pavements. When it comes time to replace these old asphalt pavements, PennDOT takes extra precautions to remove this material safely. Due to the high traffic volumes traveling through this area, one of the precautions being taken by the contractor is to detour traffic around the work area. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also kept away from the area during the active milling operation. Residents are advised to remain indoors while the milling operation is underway.
The work on New Holland Avenue is part of a larger $3.5-million project begun in the summer of 2012 to repair and resurface Orange Street and New Holland Avenue in Lancaster City as well as small portion of Route 23 east of Route 30. The contractor for this work is Pennsy Supply, Inc. of Annville, Pennsylvania. Orange Street was completed last year. New Holland Avenue and the Route 23 portion will be completed by mid-summer of this year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the PennDOT Project Field Office at (717) 266-8109 or the job superintendent at (717) 587-0071.