Hershey, Ghrist tour 301/304 overpass site
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.
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.
From an incomplete section of the overpass, looking toward Route 301 north. The area below still needs to be linked to the overpass.