GALETON — With a roadway improvement project continuing in Potter County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists to an upcoming closure on Route 1003 (Loucks Mills Road).

Starting sometime next week, Loucks Mills Road will be closed from just north of Route 6 to Hardscrabble Road. The target start date for the closure is Sept. 11. The closure is necessary to perform full-depth reclamation and repaving of the roadway in an efficient manner. An official detour will be in place.

The detour will direct drivers to use Route 6, Route 449, Route 1001 (Fox Hill Road) and Route 1008 (Cross Road). Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

The project got underway with preliminary work in early August. Drainage work followed in mid-August. The closure for this phase of the job is expected to last through Sept. 27. Once complete, the job will prolong the useful life of the roadway and bring safer, smoother travel to area drivers.

This work is part of a group contract to address 14.5 miles of roadway in Potter County.

Funding for the Loucks Mills Road work was made possible by a partnership between PennDOT at JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA. Funding includes $900,000 from JKLM Energy, with a match of $900,000 through PennDOT’s Partnership Program.

Overall work on Loucks Mills Road includes drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guide rail upgrades and miscellaneous construction.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $1.8 million project, which is expected to be complete in early October.