18.8 mile Tamaqua SR309 gauntlet starts tomorrow
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS SR309 will be closed near the Hess gas station in Tamaqua starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday.
Tamaqua Borough officials and officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are reminding drivers that SR309 in Tamaqua will be closed tomorrow from 7 p.m. to Monday, Nov 21, at 5 a.m. to allow crews to replace a rail grade crossing that runs across the road in the southern part of borough. It has an average daily traffic of 7,175 vehicles.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured on SR443, SR902 and SR209, which involve the communities of Tamaqua, South Tamaqua, West Penn Township, Mahoning Township, Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale. The 18.8 mile detour will run two ways and stretch into Carbon County. Detour signs are already posted in preparation for the lengthy detour.
Non-local northbound traffic on SR309 will have to turn right onto SR443 east in West Penn Township toward Mahoning Township for about 6.5 miles, where detoured drivers will turn left onto SR902 through Summit Hill (about six miles) and into Lansford. Detoured traffic will then turn left onto SR209 toward Tamaqua, where traffic will reconnect with SR309 north.
Southbound traffic on SR309 will follow the same route, but in reverse.
"Due to the closure,Tamaqua Borough will be imposing parking restrictions on Pine Street and East Broad Street," said Rob Jones, public works director. "No parking will be allowed on the south side of East Broad Street from the intersection of Center Street, east, to mid-block and also both sides of Pine Street from East Broad Street to Mauch Chunk Street."
The parking ban will be in effect from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Monday.
"These parking restrictions are necessary to maintain detour traffic flow during the replacement of the railroad crossing on Center Street," Jones added.
Any questions may be directed to the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad Street, or call (570) 668-0300 or (570) 668-3444.
The railroad crossing is being replaced as part of a construction project that began Sept. 6, to replace the structurally deficient bridge over the Little Schuylkill River.
Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses only. All schedules are weather dependent.