The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced the safety improvement project on PA 61 between PA 183/Douglass Drive and University Drive in the Borough of Schuylkill Haven and North Manheim Township in Schuylkill County is moving forward. 
 
New traffic patterns are being implemented, and tomorrow through early next week motorists will experience daytime lane restrictions with flagging on PA 61 between PA 183/Douglass Drive and Manheim Road while the contractor installs concrete barrier and sets up new long term traffic patterns.
 
The new traffic patterns, which will be in place for the duration of the project, include reducing PA 61 north to a single lane between Manheim Road and University Drive, restricting left turns from PA 61 north to PA 443/Dock Street, and narrowing the travel lanes through the work zone. Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained during the project.  
 
Motorists should expect possible delays on PA 61 north or south and are advised to allow for extra time and use caution when traveling through the area. Updates will be provided whenever traffic patterns change.
 
Work includes widening and reconstructing PA 61 between PA 183/Douglass Drive and University Drive; installing new sidewalks, drainage facilities, and retaining walls; replacing an eight foot single-span bridge over Willow Creek; and upgrading traffic signals.  
 
Kinsley Construction, Inc. of York, Pa. is the general contractor on the $8,646,692 project. The project is expected to be complete in December 2015.
 
This section of PA 61 has an average daily traffic volume of 28,428 vehicles.