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Three Degree Road construction ramping up

Construction on Three Degree Road will move forward in the coming weeks as drainage and paving projects expand near Valencia Borough, Adams Township officials said.

On Monday morning, township residents received an alert on their phones informing them that pavement reconstruction would begin on Three Degree Road this week, starting in Valencia Borough and moving north toward Route 228.

“Please try to use an alternate route over the next few weeks. Delays will occur,” the alert read. “This short inconvenience will lead to a much safer and better road.”

Gary Peaco, township manager/secretary/treasurer, said in an email that the township is working on Phase One of the renovations project.

“(Phase One) starts at the bridge near the Allegheny County line in Valencia Borough, just south of the railroad tracks,” he said. “This phase will stop about a quarter of a mile south of Route 228, the reason being (that) PennDOT will be repairing Three Degree Road about a quarter of a mile north and south of Route 228 with the 228 expansion project, expected to begin next year.”

Phase One of the project, Peaco explained, consists of drainage work and full depth reclamation, where about 12 inches of the road are ground up before cement is added to create a new base for the road. After that, he said, new pavement is applied over the entire length.

“As you might expect, this will create traffic delays, and we have tried to remind folks to be patient, as the end product will be worth it,” Peaco said. “Three Degree has been patched many times over the years and this will be a much-needed improvement.”

Phase One should be substantially complete in three weeks, if all goes well, Peaco said.

Phase Two of the project, which is from about Docs Way to Hammond Road, will start later this summer. Phase Three starts at Hammond Road and will extend to near the intersection of Union Church Road.