New Route 30A project likely won’t start until 2021

JOHNSTOWN — The state’s next large-scale Route 30A project is on schedule, but construction isn’t expected until next year.

The state Department of Transportation last November unveiled a new $3 million project on the highway, referring to it as another “corridor improvement project” in the city. The state wants to create five lanes from Route 29, south to near Prindle Avenue — similar to a 2019 Route 30A project just north of that area that was concluded last October.

DOT spokesman Jim Piccola told The Leader-Herald recently that the new project is still “on schedule.” It will be going out to bid in late August, with an October bid award date, he said.

Construction will “more than likely” take place in the spring of 2021, Piccola said.

DOT officials last fall at Johnstown City Hall unveiled the next Route 30A expansion, which they said will be similar to the previous project. That Route 30A project was between Townsend Avenue and Briggs Street, some of which created five lanes on the Arterial Highway instead of three. This new project will be south of that area — the Prindle Avenue area north to Briggs Street (Route 29).

The 0.3-mile corridor that will be improved was created in 1953.

The $2.9 million project is anticipated to be substantially completed by fall 2021. The project will include the addition of a northbound and southbound through travel lane along with the reestablishment of a right turn lane at the Briggs Street intersection with improvements to drainage, signage and new highway lighting.

Among the stated “project objectives” by DOT are to reduce vehicle conflicts and accident rates, improve operational conditions; improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, access and mobility; provide Americans with Disability Act-compliant facilities, and support economic activity in the area.

Proposed work includes additional travel lane in both northbound and southbound directions within the commercial corridor, new sidewalks from existing facilities north to Briggs Street and new curbing, closed drainage, lighting, highway signage along the corridor. Commercial entities bordering along the corridor include Brown’s Ford, Walgreens, Stewart’s, Wendy’s, KFC, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, and Microtel.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Kerry Minor

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