Motorists and pedestrians who use the McCall Bridge will see some changes through the evening hours this week.
Sean Brown, safety press officer, with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 5, said that from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the bridge, Route 209 between Route 443 and Route 248. A sign was placed on the sidewalk restricting pedestrians from using the bridge until further notice. Pedestrians are being directed to use Bridge Street.
The next phase of the project that will affect motorists is the milling and repaving of Bridge Street, Canal Street and Route 209 in anticipation of the detour. The milling is scheduled to take place around April 15.
Eventually, there will be a membrane overlay on the Bridge Street bridge that takes traffic from Weissport to Route 209 near Dunkin' Donuts, and a light will be added at that intersection.
Temporary traffic patterns in Weissport and surrounding the bridge are expected to last three to four months. During that time, Weissport traffic on Bridge Street will be one way for the entire two lanes.
PennDOT will install temporary traffic lights at the intersection of Bankway and Bridge Street at the Lehighton end of the Weissport/Lehighton bridge to help with traffic flow.
Workers are scheduled to work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday with some occasional Friday shifts.
During bridge jacking and placement of the latex modified concrete, workers will add night work hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The detour is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 5, 2014.
Completion date for the project is May 19, 2015.