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Norvelt Roundabout Detour Slated to Start Monday, May 13

As the final construction season for the Laurel Valley Q20 project continues, Route 2007 (Hecla Road) from Aster Drive West/Aster Road to Route 2021 (Mount Pleasant Road) is scheduled to close the morning of Monday, May 13. A posted detour will be in place using the existing Route 981 and Route 2007 (Hecla Road) and is anticipated until late May depending on weather and operations.

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Norvelt Roundabout Detour

Anticipated Timing: Early spring

Estimated Duration: May 13-23, 2024

Purpose: Connect Hecla Road (Route 2027) to newly constructed roundabout

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Read PennDOT District 12 press release

Final Construction Season Underway!

The 2024 construction season will mark completion of Section Q20, between Route 819 and Norvelt, the first of three projects of the Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project. As the project approaches this significant milestone, motorists are urged to remain mindful of ongoing construction activities, including the presence of workers and potential changes in traffic patterns such as lane restrictions and detours. We thank the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation throughout construction!

2024 construction activities will include:

  • Flattening sharp curves near Cherry Wood Estates
  • Completing landscape architecture at the State St./Hecla Rd. roundabout
    • Completion of the Norvelt roundabout, consolidating five intersections to streamline traffic flow
    • Completion of new alignments, one north of Pennsylvania Turnpike and one north of Norvelt, to connect to existing Route 981 at Waltons Lane and near Windy Hill Court, respectively
    • Installation of two cul-de-sacs on old Route 981
    • Rehabilitation of the roadway and existing bridge structure along old Route 981

    In addition to the Norvelt Roundabout detour, other detours that are planned for the 2024 construction season include:

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    Boyer Road Detour

    Anticipated Timing: Early spring

    Estimated Duration: 15 calendar days

    Purpose: Construct Boyer Road intersection with realigned Route 981

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    Norvelt Detour

    Anticipated Timing: Early spring

    Estimated Duration: Two months

    Purpose: Connect new Route 981 to Norvelt roundabout

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    Route 981 Detours

    Anticipated Timing:

    Work Area #1: Early spring

    Work Area #2: Summer

    Estimated Duration: 15 calendar days

    Purpose:

    Work Area #1: Connect realigned Route 981 to existing Route 981 near Waltons Lane

    Work Area #2: Realignment, grade adjustments for Route 981 tie-in to Hecla Road/ State Street roundabout

    Old Route 981 Detour

    Anticipated Timing: Late spring

    Estimated Duration: 15 calendar days

    Purpose: Rehabilitate Old Route 981 bridge over Boyer Run

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    2023 Construction Highlights

    The roundabouts at Hecla Road/State Street and Route 981/819 are complete and open to traffic! Explore the links below to learn more about how roundabouts will operate within the project area.

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    The following were also completed in 2023:

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    New Boyer Run Bridge

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    Realignment of Route 981 near Norvelt

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    Pavement placed on new Route 981

    • Reconstruction and widening of Route 981 from the new roundabout through the existing S-curve south of Cherry Blossom Lane
    • Drainage improvements and off-alignment work near Windy Hill Road
    • Replacement of the Hurst Run culvert

    2022 Construction Highlights

    • Excavated for the new Route 981 alignment between Carpentertown Road and Walton's Lane. Work is ongoing for the 1.75-mile new alignment north of the PA Turnpike including
    • Relocation of Carpentertown Road
    • Construction of a new Route 981/Boyer Road intersection
    • New bridge constructed over Boyer Run.

    Section Q20 Spring 2022 Excavation

    2021 Construction Highlights

    • Began physical construction on December 6, 2021
    • Demolition of residential structures acquired during the right-of-way process
    • Clearing and grubbing for new alignment and widening areas
    • Placing erosion and sedimentation controls.
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: November 12, 2021

    Section Q20 Construction vehicles

    Project Contacts

    Mark Kmetz, P.E.

    Title: PennDOT Construction Manager

    Phone: 724.439.7253

    Email: makmetz@pa.gov

    Jeffrey R. Miller

    Title: PennDOT Project Manager

    Phone: 724.849.0029

    Email: jeffemille@pa.gov

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    Project Overview

    Route 981, Section Q20 is approximately 4.5 miles and extends from the intersection of Route 981 and Route 819, just north of Mount Pleasant Borough, and ends near the intersection of Route 981 and Route 2023 in Norvelt, Mount Pleasant Township. Section Q20 primarily follows Route 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 be completed in the 2024 construction season.

    SR 981, Section Q20

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    Learn more about the planned improvements for SR 981, Section Q20.

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    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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