Get ready for more orange cones—and traffic.
PennDOT District 11 will begin the second phase of its $18.1 million project to widen and improve Route 19 in the Wexford Flats area of Pine Township Tuesday, weather permitting.
The second phase includes widening Route 19 between Wallace Road and Brooktree Road. Initial work will improve the southbound lanes. The work will cause traffic to be shifted to the east side of the road. One 10-foot-wide lane will be maintained in each direction and will include a center turn lane.
Work to complete the shift will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will remain in this pattern through early summer, PennDOT said in a statement.
Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns. PennDOT advises drivers to slow down and drive safely through the work zone.
Access will be provided for all businesses along Route 19 in the construction zone.
The Route 19 Wexford Flats Improvement Project includes widening, resurfacing, work on concrete pavement, drainage, curb and sidewalk, signing and pavement marking, signals, a retaining wall, and other improvements on 2.33 miles of Route 19 from about 300 feet north of Longvue Road to just north of North Chapel/Manor Road.
The safety and congestion improvement project will widen Route 19 from 42 feet to 63 feet and add a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks.
New, improved traffic signals will be added at eight intersections in the project area. The work is expected to be completed by late 2012.
About 28,000 vehicles use this section of Route 19 on an average day, according to PennDOT. The prime contractor for the project is the Golden Triangle Construction Co. Inc. of Imperial.
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