HELLERTOWN, Pa. -

The Route 412 widening project in Northampton County is again in the spotlight.

State and local leaders came together Wednesday afternoon, to discuss the future plans for the project after its completion date was pushed back a year.

The project, started in March 2012, was scheduled for completion in 2015, but now, PennDOT is shooting for 2016.

"We actually hit the water table. It was higher than anticipated and started infiltrating our trench work for excavation, and primarily is affecting the location of a 30-inch sewer line," said Al Picca, assistant director of construction for PennDOT.

Business owners in the area have said the project has not only been a traffic nightmare, but a burden on their businesses.

They created an online petition in hopes of having the project expedited, and attended Wednesday's discussion at Hellertown Borough Hall.

"This meeting was absolutely critical… I need to let residents to know, business owners know, and community leaders know, what is actually going on," said Pa. Senator Lisa Boscola.

PennDOT said it's doing everything it can to speed up the process.

Part of that game plan involves more focus near the project's center.

"We're looking at trying to get some of the bridge work done faster in the center portion of the project," Picca said.

PennDOT said it's committed to the 2016 completion date.