Route 322 westbound detour at Potters Mills to impact travel to University Park

July 27, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is alerting drivers that work on the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project will resume at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. As construction restarts there will be changes to both the work schedule and traffic flow on the highway, including a westbound detour at Potters Mills that will impact those traveling to Penn State’s University Park campus from the east. 

Through Aug. 10, drivers can expect the following:

— Work activity will take place around the clock during daylight and nighttime hours Sunday through Saturday.

— Drainage work along and across Route 322 will take place from the Route 144/322 intersection west to Mountain Back Road/Red Mill Road.

— To minimize traffic stops and keep traffic flowing, westbound traffic will be detoured off Route 322 at Potters Mills and be directed to use Route 144 north to Old Fort and Route 45 west to Route 322 west at Boalsburg.

— To assist with detoured traffic, flaggers will be in the roadway at the intersection of Route 322 and Route 144 in Potters Mills and at the intersection of Route 144 and Route 45 in Old Fort.

— Eastbound traffic will remain on Route 322.

— Message boards throughout the region will alert drivers to the work and the westbound detour. 

PennDOT is encouraging motorists with specific schedules and time deadlines to build at least 30 minutes of extra travel time into their plans. Drivers in passenger vehicles may wish to use alternate routes. While alternate routes may require traveling additional miles, they can help drivers avoid major delays, although PennDOT said it cannot guarantee that alternate routes will be free of road work or delays.

PennDOT also is reminding drivers that a mile east of Potters Mills, the crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road remains in place, with one lane available in each direction. This crossover, along with an 11-foot width restriction, will continue through the fall of this year.

Additionally, there will be a separate Route 322 work zone for milling and paving taking place during overnight hours. This zone will stretch from Boalsburg and move east to Big Spring Creek. Work hours will be 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, Aug. 3. Drivers could encounter delays, with the potential for flaggers in the roadway.

For more on the project, visit the “Construction Projects/Roadwork” page at

Last Updated July 27, 2018