Paving Project to Start Soon in Venango County

A $3.9 million resurfacing project that will give motorists a smoother ride on more than seven miles of roadway in French Creek Township and Barkeyville Borough, Venango County is scheduled to start this week.

Roads to be improved include:

  • Georgetown Road (Route 3026) from the Mercer County line to the intersection with Route 62 in French Creek Township, 7.52 miles; and
  • Route 208 from the Mercer County line to the intersection with Route 8 in Barkeyville Borough, 1.19 miles.

Work will also include milling, repairs to the base layer of the roadway, paving, and drainage and guiderail upgrades.

The project is expected to start April 2, weather permitting, and to be completed in October 2024.

Motorists may encounter lane restrictions with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Drivers should be alert for traffic pattern shifts and lane restrictions and anticipate travel delays during active work hours.

The contractor is Shields Asphalt Paving, Inc., of Valencia, PA. The contract cost is $3,918,716.96, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

This year PennDOT’s Northwest Region excepts to do work on more than 100 projects. To see a full listing of all the anticipated work, check out the 2024 Construction Book located under the Resources tab online at

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Information about infrastructure in District 1, including completed work and significant projects, is available at Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at

PennDOT District 1 is hiring for variety of positions, including CDL operators, mechanics, highway maintenance workers, civil engineers, construction inspectors, and transportation technicians. Apply online at