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Rte. 209 project finishes Driving delays should be over in Lehighton area

Published July 24. 2010 09:00AM

Motorists using Route 209 through Lehighton and the Packerton areas know very well the lengthy traffic jams occurring from road construction.

Those driving delays should be over.

Ronald J. Young Jr., spokesman for District 5-0 of PennDOT, said work has been completed Thursday on the Route 209 improvement project.

The resurfacing was a $1.7 million project financed with federal funds from the American recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The general contractor for the work was Hanson Aggregates LLC of Allentown.

The project included resurfacing nearly four miles of US 209 between the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge and Susquehanna Street in Jim Thorpe, and installing new drainage features.

Young said within the six-county District 5 region, PennDOT will invest $141 million of federal economic recovery funds on transportation projects, which include road and bridge improvements and Intelligent Transportation System installations.

The Lehighton project began in April.

The bulk of the work occurred during the past four weeks. Although the contractor managed to do the project without detouring traffic, there were major backups which frustrated motorists.

To expidite the project, some of the work on First Street in Lehighton was done during the night.

Besides resurfacing, new drainage inlets were installed. PennDOT officials assured that the new road surface has the appropriate slope to ensure proper drainage of water from the roadway

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