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Detour coming next week for Route 209 bridge

'Structurally deficient' span crosses Lehigh River between Lehighton and Weissport

LEHIGHTON, Pa. - Anticipate a detour, beginning late next week, on the Route 209 bridge over the Lehigh River at Lehighton in Carbon County.

The next phase of construction to rehabilitate the structurally deficient Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge will begin Friday, June 6.

It spans the river, Lehigh Canal and Norfolk Southern rail line in Franklin Township, Lehighton and Weissport boroughs.

Southbound lanes of the bridge will be closed, with southbound traffic detoured on Canal and Bridge streets, reports the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Route 209 will be open northbound, with a single traffic lane.

Also on June 6, Bridge Street temporarily will be converted to a one-way road southbound and a temporary traffic signal will be placed at the intersection of Bridge Street and209.

The new phase of construction is estimated to be completed in September.

Updates will be provided whenever traffic patterns change on area roadways.

The bridge project is scheduled to be complete in May 2015.

J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $11.8 million project.

It involves deck repairs; replacing of deck joints, back-walls, and steel bearings; concrete and steel repairs; removing and replacing one pier, and other miscellaneous construction.

The 16-span, steel deck truss bridge originally was constructed in 1938 and reconstructed in 1981.

It is 1,539 feet long and 42 feet wide.

That section of Route 209 has an average daily traffic volume of 23,529 vehicles.

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