PennDOT to Repair Route 72

August 24, 2018

PennDOT to Prep Rt. 72 for Paving in Manheim Borough, Rapho Twp.
Milling scheduled in advance of asphalt paving in September.

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Starting Monday, August 27, and continuing through the week, its contractor will conduct a milling operation to remove the top layer of asphalt from Route 72 through Manheim Borough to prepare the roadway for paving the asphalt leveling course.

This work is part of a project to repair and resurface a 3.49-mile section of Route 72 from the bridge over Chiques Creek at the Manheim Borough-Penn Township Line through the borough to the intersection with Elizabethtown Road in Rapho Township. Preparatory work on this project began in April.

The $2,741,604 contract was awarded to Pennsy Supply, Inc., of Annville, Lebanon County, and includes coordinated utility work, drainage pipe replacement, inlet adjustment and repair work, roadway base repair, curb-to-curb removal of the top layer of asphalt and resurfacing with a 3-inch Superpave asphalt overlay, guiderail replacement, and new signs and pavement markings. Work under this construction contract is scheduled to be completed by mid-December 2018.

PennDOT advises travelers that the contractor will not restrict travel lanes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM within the Manheim Borough limits. During working hours, motorists may encounter lane shifts and single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone during daylight hours as crews remove the top layer of asphalt in advance of paving the leveling and final wearing courses.

Eventually during leveling course and final wearing course paving operations on Route 72 within Manheim Borough, a southbound detour will be implemented Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Sections of Route 72 average more than 15,500 vehicles traveled daily. To avoid delays, travelers should allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.

Motorists are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

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PennDOT Engineering District 8

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