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PennDOT: Route 412 project on track for 2015 completion

PennDOT: Route 412 project on track for 2015 completion

HELLERTOWN, Pa. - A major road construction project that's dragged on for two years in Northampton County is now entering the home stretch, but relief for drivers is still a long way off.

The $36 million project looks to make traveling on Route 412 in Northampton County a little smoother.

"This will help provide congestion relief and also {fix} any safety issues, to make sure drivers have the safest roads as possible," said Sean Brown, with PennDOT.

When it's completed, the highway will have three northbound lanes, two southbound lanes and additional turning lanes for busy intersections.

Construction is taking place between Cherry Lane in Hellertown and Daly Avenue in Bethlehem.

Another major component includes improving the bridge over Saucon Creek.

But when can drivers expect to see these results?

The project was started back in March 2012 and, so far, Route 412 is still just as congested.

"A lot of the work is the preliminary work, what the public doesn't see, drainage work...and working a lot with the intersection of Interstate 78. Building up those ramps and also widening that out," Brown said.

A sanitation-sewer line also had to be installed.

Once the drainage systems are complete, the widening phase will begin.

"When we build it up and open up these lanes, when all those are complete, that will be the end of the project, and the full scope will be felt by drivers and they'll have that relief," Brown said.

Brown said weather did not cause any additional setbacks.

"It's built into the contract that there will be winter shutdown, so that's nothing unexpected," Brown said.

The project is set to be completed in 2015.

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