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Plans made to redirect traffic into county lot during construction work

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

Details on an upcoming construction project in Jim Thorpe have been released by officials.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Railroad Commission, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein announced plans to redirect traffic into the county lot when the current entrance is closed for construction work. The entrance will be closed so a new triple track crossing can be installed.

Nothstein said he has been working with businesses to make sure the lot can still be utilized while work is taking place.

Currently, plans call for the entrance to the county lot to be shut down either the last week of October or the first week of November, after all Fall Foliage activities have taken place.

Signs directing traffic to the temporary entrance will be installed along Susquehanna Street to help motorists.

Nothstein said the entrance that will be used during construction will be located behind the Hooven Building on Susquehanna Street. A temporary ticket booth may be installed at that entrance, but nothing definite has been determined at this time.

Some other issues, such as larger vehicle traffic into the lot, still have to be discussed.

The front entrance to the county lot is expected to be closed for an estimated 10 days, Nothstein said.

The triple track crossing project will make it safer for tourists and employees utilizing the county-owned parking lot in Jim Thorpe.

The project calls for the installation of a box crossing, as well as crossing lights and gates. Carbon County and the county railroad commission will share the cost of the project.

In August, the board of commissioners voted to award the triple track crossing replacement project to low bidder W.E. Yoder, Inc. of Kutztown. Yoder bid $108,065 on the project.

The triple track crossing project has been in the works since 2006.

In 2007, the project was rejected for funding by the 2008 Rail Freight Assistance Program grant because it didn't meet the necessary requirements.

The commission reapplied for financial assistance for the project in 2008 for 2009, but again, it was denied.

In other matters, Commissioner William O'Gurek brought up a concern with the rails to trails project that is under way in the county.

He said it was recently learned that the county's insurance provider, Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP), will not insure the rails to trails project. The county will now have to look into finding commercial insurance for the trail.

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