Thursday, August 1, 2013

York County Cool Creek Road


The Cool Creek Road Reconstruction Project was one of PennDOT District 8-0’s initial design/build projects that were let in October 2009 and finally progressed to physical construction this year.  The anticipated construction timeframe was originally conceived to occur between October 2010 and October 2011.  The expected duration for design, permitting, Right-of-Way acquisitions and utility relocations was 10 months; however, due to numerous issues, the actual duration became 32 months.

Last August, once the last utility had been relocated, Kinsley Construction, Inc. was prepared to begin the project in mid-August.  The project was to be constructed while Cool Creek Road was under a detoured condition and the signs were in place, but before the detour implementation, Kinsley received a phone call from PennDOT directing that the detour not be implemented until further notice.  It had been determined by PennDOT that because local residents and businesses were already impacted by at least two or three other construction projects, one of which had a detoured condition, they would postpone the construction of this project until the Spring of 2013.  Should the project progress as planned, the anticipated completion date is June 14, 2014.

The project consists of a variety of construction work including demolition of existing buildings and structures, excavation, storm sewer installation, construction of two post-tensioned box culverts that replace two bridges, roadway widening and reconstruction.  The existing alignment is being adjusted to soften some of the more drastic curves both horizontally and vertically.  Additional improvements include the installation of guiderail, signing and delineation.