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$1.1 million Upper Allen road reconstruction project underway

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Work is underway in Upper Allen Township on a road reconstruction project that will cost nearly $1.1 million.

The township commissioners recently awarded the paving contract to Hempt Brothers Inc. for the next phase of Mt. Allen Drive (Nittany Drive to Pennington Drive) at a cost of $839,124.65.

The board also awarded a bid for Aspen Drive to Hempt at a cost of $233,708.95. The project began in late June and is scheduled to be "substantially complete" by Sept. 4, the township said in its summer newsletter.

The section of Mt. Allen Drive from Nittany Drive to Pennington Drive will be closed during construction. Access will be limited to residents living on Mt. Allen Drive and for local business deliveries.

By allowing the contractor to close the road during construction, the work phase will be shortened by several weeks and costs reduced, the township said.

This phase of Mt. Allen Drive work includes shifting the road to the east approximately 4 feet and installing curb on both sides of the road from Nittany Drive to Allenview Development.

The project includes continuing the sidewalk from Nittany Drive to Kim Acres Drive. In addition, work includes installing some additional stormwater improvements that will help the township meet federal municipal separate stormwater system (MS4) requirements.

Aspen Drive road improvements include milling the roadway, adjusting Americans with Disability Act-accessible curb cuts and making some stormwater improvements.

In addition to the contracted work, the public works department is making numerous minor road repairs along Ritter Road, stormwater inlet repairs, line painting, crack sealing, street sweeping and guide rail repairs throughout Upper Allen, the township said.

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