There's good news and bad news for motorists traveling in Pine Township.
Work to widen and improve northbound Route 19 / Perry Highway in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township begins Tuesday, weather permitting, according to PennDOT District 11.
Good news: The traffic-snarling roadwork on southbound Route 19 in Pine Township is coming to an end. Crews have completed work between Wallace Road and Brooktree Road.
Bad news: Construction—which is bound to tie up traffic—moves to the other side of Route 19 now. Traffic will shift to the west side of the road. One 10-foot-wide lane will be maintained in each direction with a center turn lane on the new southbound lanes. This traffic pattern remains through late November.
Work to complete the shift begins at 7 p.m. on Monday night and should be completed by Tuesday morning, according to PennDOT.
Better news: When all is said and done, the $18.1 million safety and congestion improvement project will widen Route 19 from 42 feet to 63 feet, add a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks. New, improved traffic signals will be added at eight intersections in the project area.
Best news: Overall work concludes in late 2012.
About 28,000 vehicles use this section of Route 19 on an average day. PennDOT 's prime contractor for the project is the Golden Triangle Construction Co. Inc. of Imperial, PA.
Access will be provided for all businesses along Route 19 in the construction zone.
The Route 19 Wexford Flats Improvement Project includes improvements on 2.33 miles of Route 19 from about 300 feet north of Longvue Road (near top of Pine Creek Hill) to just north of North Chapel/Manor Road.
To register for the project email list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Subscribe – Route 19 Wexford Flats” in the subject line.