Just when you thought you could breeze along Route 19 in the Wexford Flats area with no delays comes this news: Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction this weekend.
Crews will apply the final riding surface on Route 19 (Perry Highway) in Pine Township on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, PennDOT District 11 announced.
The traffic restrictions will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and continue through late Sunday night between Brooktree Road and Manor Road.
Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. Access will be provided for all businesses along Route 19 in the construction zone.
Golden Triangle Construction Co. Inc. of Imperial, PA, is the prime contractor for the project.
PennDOT recently removed long-term traffic restrictions in the area, opening up the newly constructed five-lane configuration of the road in most areas of the 2.33 mile-project that spans Pine and McCandless townships.
A northbound lane closure will remain in some areas as needed for work on sidewalks, paving and other activities that will continue as weather allows through winter.
Overall work will conclude in spring 2013.
The $18.1 million project widened Route 19 from 42 feet to 63 feet, adding a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks. New, improved traffic signals were also added at eight intersections in the project area between Longvue Road, near the top of Pine Creek Hill, and North Chapel/Manor Road.
Additional work included bituminous resurfacing, concrete pavement, drainage, signing, a retaining wall and other improvements.
About 28,000 vehicles use this section of Route 19 on an average day.