The State Highway Department is reported preparing to advertise for bids on at least three phases of the proposed major improvements of Route 309 (now Route 248) betwen Parryville and Lehigh Gap. The project will include construction of an additional lane of traffic on the Lehighton-Weissport bridge. The Union Hill to Lehigh Gap project calls for the construction of an overhead highway. This will allow for at least two lanes of traffic in each direction.