Clearfield, PA –  If you live in Penfield or the surrounding area, you’ll likely see more trucks on your roadway for a while. Starting Monday, trucks will be detoured while road crews work on the Route 255 improvement project in Clearfield County.

Trucks exceeding 5 tons will be prohibited from using Route 255 between the villages of Sabula and Penfield. The truck detour is necessary so that work can be performed to remove the asphalt surface, repair the subgrade of the road and re-pave.

Northbound trucks will use I-80 to the Penfield/111 exit and follow Route 153 north to Route 255 north in the village of Penfield. Southbound trucks will use Route 153 south, entering I-80 at the mile-marker 111 on-ramp and exiting at the DuBois/101 exit, where they can access Route 255.

PennDOT says that the time-frame for the truck detour will depend on weather conditions and work progress.

Passenger cars and trucks will be able to continue using Route 255 between Sabula and Penfield while road work takes place but drivers should be prepared for long travel delays.

The 4-mile work zone stretches from the Sandy Lick Creek near the village of Sabula toward Penfield and the intersection with Route 153. The project will improve drainage, as well as roadway and structure integrity, and enhance safety along this travel route.

Along with drainage improvements, overall work will include tree trimming, new inlets, milling, resurfacing, structure repairs, roadway safety paint markings, and new traffic lines. Paving and installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps at the Penfield Route 255/153 intersection will also be included.

Traffic control for passenger vehicles during roadway work will feature daylight flagging and alternating traffic patterns. Traffic control for the structure work will feature temporary traffic signals enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.

PennDOT expects the project to finish in early November, with all work weather and schedule dependent. HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $6.2 million job.

Drivers are reminded to be alert for flaggers in and near the roadway, use caution through work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.