Her­shey, Ghrist tour 301/304 over­pass site

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sen. Steve Her­shey and Del. Jeff Ghrist, both R-36th, stopped by the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s con­struc­tion site at Route 304 and 301 near Cen­tre­ville the last week of July.

Her­shey and Ghrist said they were pleased to see the project near­ing com­ple­tion as they re­called the long fight by com­mu­nity

mem­bers to se­cure a safer path of travel for that por­tion of high­way.

Ear­lier in the day Her­shey and Ghrist had op­por­tu­nity to visit the job sites at Dover Bridge and on Route 404.

“Each one of th­ese projects is a true tes­ta­ment to what can be ac­com­plished with or­ga­nized com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy. Be­cause of the ef­forts of so many, we are so close to re­al­iz­ing the com­ple­tion of three very im­por­tant pro­tects,” said Her­shey.

“Ru­ral coun­ties have to fight to ad­vo­cate for projects like th­ese,” said Ghrist, for their voices to be heard in the state.

“It took a tremen­dous com­mu­nity ef­fort [to see this project to fruition]”, said Ghrist. “To help 304 get com­pleted, and the same with the C-team at 404 ... rolling out years of doc­u­men­ta­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Greg Holsey, dis­trict en­gi­neer, Dis­trict 2, the over­pass at 304/Ruths­burg Road is on sched­ule and SHA hopes to have it open to traf­fic by the start of this school year.

There were cir­cles added on both ends of the over­pass, ex­plained Holsey, cir­cles han­dle more ca­pac­ity and round­abouts are flex­i­ble and more ef­fi­cient to process traf­fic. The project will not be com­pletely fin­ished un­til 2018 as more work is needed north on 301 at Rolling Bridge Road, in ad­di­tion to other site work.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, Del. Jeff Ghrist, Sen. Steve Her­shey talk to Dis­trict En­gi­neer Greg Holsey about the 301/304 over­pass.

Con­crete pours for side­walks on the 304 over­pass. The over­pass will be able to ac­com­mo­date pedes­tri­ans, SHA said.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

From an in­com­plete sec­tion of the over­pass, look­ing to­ward Route 301 north. The area be­low still needs to be linked to the over­pass.

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