Motorists who travel a busy thoroughfare can expect to encounter sporadic traffic stoppages over the next few days.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that short term tie-ups will occur along State Route 248 between the Borough of Palmerton and Timberline Road.

The stoppages are slated to take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. If further work is necessary, the restrictions will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All schedules are weather dependent.

During the stoppages, traffic will be stopped in both directions of Route 248 and at the intersections with State Route 145 and State Route 873.

The stoppages - due to rock slope work at the Appalachian Trail being performed by a contractor for the National Park Service - are expected to last no longer than 15 minutes, PennDOT officials said.

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, has implemented the engineered slope stabilization project through the use of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding.