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Improvements underway along deadly stretch of road in Sharon

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SHARON, Pa. - A project now getting under way will offer motorists a smoother ride and a new median barrier on a section of Route 62 in the City of Sharon.

Included in the project is a stretch of road where two Sharon High School football players and a Brookfield man died in a head-on collision in November.

Two Sharon teens,18-year-old Cory Swartz and 17-year old Evan Gill were in a car that crossed the median strip of the freeway, striking a pickup truck driven by 50-year old John Zdelar, Jr. All three were killed in the crash.

Work will include milling and paving Connelly Boulevard from the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line to Stambaugh Avenue in Sharon. Work will also include upgrades to drainage, guide rail, curb ramps, road shoulders, signs, traffic signals and pavement markings.

Included as part of the project, will be the installation of concrete median barrier starting at a point near Stambaugh Avenue and extending west for approximately one half mile, ending in the 200 block of Connelly Boulevard.

The $1.5-million dollar contract is being carried out by the Sharon Paving and Construction Co. Inc. of Sharpsville. Pa.  There will be additional costs included for the concrete safety barrier. The contract is being paid entirely with federal funds.

The project is now under way, and is expected to be completed by July.

No detours are anticipated, but motorists will encounter traffic lane restrictions controlled by flaggers.

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.

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