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Route 209 rock slide remediation to begin in Carbon County

PennDOT announced it has scheduled work to remediate a recent rock slide along US 209/Mauch Chunk Street in Mahoning Township. 

The construction is to begin Tuesday, Oct. 10 and will cause full closures of US 209 north and south on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to a news release from PennDOT. 

“We have hired a contractor, and anticipate work beginning next Tuesday,” Assistant Construction Engineer John Harmonosky said. “The work is expected to take a little over three weeks.”

During the closures, 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. 

“The closures are necessary to protect the public from any rocks that may fall during the scaling work, and provide the contractor space to safely maneuver equipment,” Inspector-in-Charge Calvin Ulshafer said. “We intend to get this work done as safely and quickly as possible.”

Workers will remove fallen rock from the roadway, scale back additional rock from the mountain, install mesh netting to help prevent future rocks from falling and mill and pave US 209 north in the work area. 

According to the news release, a single lane will be open on US 209 north and south weekdays from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. and from 2 p.m. Fridays through 9 a.m. Mondays. 


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