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Nighttime Closures Expected Beginning May 9, 2022

Beginning Monday May 9, motorists will experience nighttime detours on Route 981, south of the PA Turnpike, to facilitate hauling of excavated material by oversized vehicles on the roadway.

The closure of Route 981 between the PA Turnpike bridge and Hecla Road will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. from Monday evening through Friday morning for up to four weeks.

A posted detour will be in place as shown.

  • Fiedors Grove Road traffic will use Viking Drive and State Street.
  • Route 981 traffic will use Route 819, Route 982, and Kecksburg Road.

Physical Construction Starts | December 6, 2021

Walsh Construction Company began physical construction on SR 981, Section Q20. Most of the work planned for the winter months will be performed offline and no major traffic restrictions are expected.

Planned work will include:

  • demolition of residential structures acquired during the right-of-way process,
  • clearing and grubbing for new alignment and widening areas, and
  • placing erosion and sedimentation controls.

All work will be weather permitting.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution throughout the project area and to be alert to the presence of construction workers and vehicles entering and existing the roadway.

Section Q20 Construction vehicles

Speakers Groundbreaking

Officials Break Ground for LVTIP | November 12, 2021

Dozens of federal, state, and local leaders gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction on the LVTIP corridor, after decades of discussion, planning, and design work. Elected officials at the state, county, and local levels joined PennDOT officials and other partners to ceremonially break ground and acknowledge the collaborate efforts of many leaders and stakeholders whose efforts made the improvements on the corridor a reality.

Construction Office Opens! | October 4, 2021

The construction project field office for SR 981, Section Q20 is located at 3894 SR 981, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666, the former Key Bank building.

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Project Contacts

Dominec A. Caruso, P.E.

Title: PennDOT Construction Manager

Phone: 724.439.7286

Email: dcaruso@pa.gov

Jeffrey R. Miller

Title: PennDOT Project Manager

Phone: 724.849.0029

Fax: 724.849.0047

Email: jeffemille@pa.gov

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Project Overview

SR 981, Section Q20 is approximately 4.5 miles and extends from the intersection of SR 981 and SR 819, just north of Mount Pleasant Borough, and ends near the intersection of SR 981 and SR 2023 in Norvelt, Mount Pleasant Township. Section Q20 primarily follows SR 981 with some offline shifts to improve the roadway.

Anticipated Schedule

On June 10, 2021, PennDOT advertised the Section Q20 plans for contractors to bid on. All bids were opened on July 29, 2021, and the construction contract was awarded to Walsh Construction Company in late Summer 2021.

Walsh Construction Company of Pittsburgh, PA was issued Notice to Proceed (NTP) by PennDOT on September 21, 2021, marking the official start of construction.

Construction of this project will take approximately three construction seasons. Check back later for more details.

SR 981, Section Q20

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Typical Section
Laurel Valley Corridor

The upgraded LVTIP corridor will include a two-lane typical section, featuring 12-foot travel lanes and eight-foot shoulders. Curves and grades will be improved throughout the corridor, and the roadway improvement will fit the community context.

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