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Mt. Penn drivers brace for added closures on Perkiomen Ave.

'It's a necessary inconvenience'

MT. PENN, Pa. - Just as drivers are getting used to the road work and detours on Perkiomen Avenue between Reading and Exeter Township, more work is set to start.

Right now, the westbound lanes of Perkiomen Avenue in Mt. Penn are closed, but from 10 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday, the road will be closed in both directions between North 23rd and 26th streets.

While there's less traffic at that time, neighbors said they don't expect to see a break.

"It's like night and day. There's a lot more traffic," said Lauren Covatta.

The cluster of signs directing traffic sends quite a few drivers past Mary Arnold's house.

"We'll manage. We'll do it. It's going to be nice when it's finished," Arnold said.

She's lived in here home for 56 years and said this is the largest project she's ever seen.

"Just be careful. Follow the signs and do what you're supposed to do, and everything will be fine."

Although not connected to the Perkiomen Avenue project, neighboring Lower Alsace Township will start eight new remilling and road repair projects on Monday.

Now, people who live in the area said getting around the construction is tough, but they've gotten used to it.

"It's a necessary inconvenience, because they need to work on the roads. The roads are really poor already," Covatta said.

Covatta lives near the construction zone, too. She's gotten used to it, but can't get used to the speeding. She'd like to see more speed limit signs and maybe even a few speed bumps.

"There's already been. There was an accident here already and just some near-misses."


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