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US 209 rock slide remediation work postponed

The contractor's work crew is experiencing a travel delay, which will push the rock slide remediation work in Carbon County back one day.

The original plan was to begin Tuesday, but according to a release from PennDOT, the work will begin a day late.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Inc. of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania is the general contractor on the project. The total cost of the project is just over $354,000. 

The construction will cause full closures of US 209 north and south on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to PennDOT. 

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.

Work is expected to take a little over three weeks, Assistant Construction Engineer John Harmonosky said in a previous press release. 

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