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Bridge work starts tonight

Published March 18. 2014 08:31AM

The traffic woes associated with the McCall Bridge project will start tonight.

From 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. today through Thursday, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the bridge, Route 209 between Route 443 and Route 248.

The turning lane on the bridge will be restricted for this work, but the through lanes are being maintained.

Drivers around the area will also be affected.

Rehabilitation of the bridge will continue throughout the spring and summer, and will involve a complex detour route.

While much of the work is expected to be done at night, there will also be times when the bridge will have flaggers, and traffic will back up.

Bridge Street, Canal Street and Route 209 will be milled, and the area repaved 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.

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