Detour Timeline Updated for Route 8 Project in Venango County

The timeline has been revised for the final detour phase of the Route 8 reconstruction project in Venango County.

All northbound and southbound traffic will be detoured to Old Route 8 (Route 3013) and Georgetown Road (Route 3004) starting September 7, 2021. Plans call for the detour to be lifted by September 30, 2021 in time for Franklin’s annual Applefest event.

If needed, the detour will be reinstated on October 4, 2021. The detour is expected to be lifted permanently by mid-October.

The detour is needed for rehabilitations work to be done to the bridge over Georgetown Road in Irwin Township, including roadway approaches, deck surfacing, and barrier repairs.

The work is part of the two-year, $32.6 million project to repair and reconstruct nearly 10 miles of Route 8 from Georgetown Road in Irwin Township to Polk Cutoff Road (Route 3024) in Sandycreek Township in Venango County.

Construction continues on the southbound lanes. The detour for southbound traffic, which is posted using Old Route 8 and Georgetown Road. It is expected to remain in place until September 25, 2021, at which time it will be opened to the Route 308 exit.

Additional information on the project is available online at Route 8 Reconstruction Project on

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