The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that slide repair work will bring a daylight closure to a section of Route 144 next week. Starting Monday, Nov. 4, Route 144 (Branch Road) will be closed from the Galeton Borough line, west for about a mile toward Germania.
Crews will be working to repair a slide condition along the roadway and an official, 20-mile detour will be in place during work hours. PennDOT has set work hours for daylight between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The closure and detour will be lifted for overnight hours, with a one-lane traffic pattern with self-regulating stop signs present in the work zone. The daylight detour will direct drivers to use Route 144, Route 6, Route 2002 (Branch Road/West Street), and Route 44. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.
As work takes place, morning and afternoon school buses will be able to move through the work area and emergency vehicles will be accommodated through the work area as necessary.
This section of Route 144 is currently under a lane-restriction pattern and the slide repair work will restore Route 144 to two-way travel in this area. PennDOT expects the closure to be in place through Friday, Nov. 8 but will open the road earlier if work progress allows. All work will be performed by PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and all work is weather dependent.
PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in and around work zones, obey posted speed limits and follow detour signs.
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