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US 209 Rock Slide Remediation Work in Carbon County Postponed Until Tomorrow

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October 10, 2017
Allentown, PA –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2017
 
US 209 Rock Slide Remediation Work in Carbon County Postponed Until Tomorrow
 
Allentown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced work scheduled to begin today to remediate a recent rock slide along US 209/Mauch Chunk Street in Mahoning Township, Carbon County is postponed until tomorrow.
 
The contractor’s work crew has been delayed traveling to the area and will begin work tomorrow.
 
The project entails full closures of US 209 north and south on weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM. During these full closures, US 209 traffic will be detoured on Packerton Dam Road, Hemlock Drive, PA 902, South 9th Street, PA 443, US 209, Harrity Road, Fairyland Road, Long Run Road, Maury Road, and PA 903.
 
A single lane will be open on US 209 north and south weekdays from 2 PM to 9 AM and from 2 PM Fridays through 9 AM Mondays.
 
Workers will remove fallen rock from the roadway, scale back and remove additional rock from the mountain, install mesh netting to help prevent future rocks from falling, mill and pave US 209 north in the work area, and perform other ancillary work.  
 
On September 8, multiple large rocks slid off the side of the mountain alongside US 209 between Race Street and Oak Avenue. Since then the two-lane section of US 209 north going up Flagstaff Mountain (“Mansion House Hill”) has been reduced to a single lane. When this work is complete the second lane on US 209 north will re-open.
 
This section of US 209 has an average daily traffic volume of 9,814 vehicles.
 
New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Inc. of New Enterprise, Pa., is the general contractor on the $354,103 emergency project that is expected to be complete by October 27.    
 
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
 
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
 
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentownand like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ronald J. Young, Jr., M.P.A., 610-871-4555ronyoung@pa.gov; Sean A. Brown, 610-871-4556sebrown@pa.gov.
 
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Contact:
Ronald J. Young, Jr. MPA, District Press Officer, PennDot District 5
ronyoung@pa.gov, 610-871-4555