Construction under a $1,842,000 slide repair project along a section of Route 87 in Colley Township, Sullivan County is progressing.

The contractor is currently working on the relocation of the North Branch Mehoopany Creek.

As scheduled under the project, traffic will be detoured along Ambrosious Road and Route 187 from Nov. 26 to Dec. 21.

During this detour period, the contractor will work on drainage improvements, construction of the toe berm (for embankment stabilization), roadway reconstruction and guiderail installation.

There will be a work shutdown starting on Dec. 22 for the winter. Work would then resume on April 3, 2013 to place the top surface (wearing course) of blacktop on the roadway.

The work includes repairs to the existing embankment slide area, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bank planting, partial relocation of the North Branch of Mehoopany Creek, installation of new guiderail, and placement of large rocks for erosion protection.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling through this area because of big bumps on the road caused by the slide.

The project is located in Colley Township, seven-tenths of a mile west of the Wyoming County line.

Traffic flow will be directed by flag persons during active construction until the detour period. The roadway has a 12 ft. wide travel lane restriction.

The project is expected to be completed by late May 2013.

Once completed, the roadway and the embankment should be stable and more resistant to erosion and slope failure, thus will enhance safety for the traveling public.

Submitted by PennDOT