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No cleanup date yet for rock slide

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official said Tuesday the timetable for the removal of rocks on Route 209 leading from Lehighton to Jim Thorpe will be determined after bids for the work are opened.

“The bid opening for the work is soon,” said PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown. “And once we have a contractor on board, we will be able to nail down a schedule for the work.”

The huge rocks have been on the highly traveled road since the slide on Sept. 8.

When the huge boulders spilled onto the southbound lane of Route 209, one car was damaged. No one was injured.

It was originally announced at a Jim Thorpe Council meeting earlier this month that clean up would be Friday.

Officials including state Rep. Doyle Heffley met at the site last week to discuss the matter and Gov. Tom Wolf commented during a visit to Jim Thorpe.

“PennDOT doesn’t have the equipment to remove them, but they are working on an emergency contract,” Wolf said.

One lane is open in each direction while the rocks remain.

The first of Jim Thorpe’s three-weekend Fall Foliage Festival is set for Oct. 7-8.