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UPDATE ON DELAY: Finally! All Five Lanes to Open on Wexford Flats Area of Route 19

After years of traffic congestion—first from a too-narrow road and then from construction—Route 19 is close to completion.

UPDATE: The opening of all five lanes in the Wexford Flats area of Route 19 has been delayed ... but only by one day.

PennDOT announced the delay because of expected cold temperatures tonight (Monday) that will not allow pavement markings to be placed.

 Here is the original story, with changed dates in bold face:

Nearly two years after construction started on the Wexford Flats section of Route 19, the end is in sight.

The newly constructed five-lane configuration of the road also known as Perry Highway will open to traffic on Wednesday (originally it was Tuesday) weather permitting, PennDOT District 11 announced.

Work to remove long-term traffic restrictions and apply final lane and pavement markings will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday (originally it was Monday, Nov. 5). Lane closures and delays should be expected.

This work will continue overnight through about 7 a.m. Tuesday, when all five lanes of the newly reconstructed roadway will open to traffic in most areas of the 2.33 mile-project that spans Pine and McCandless townships.

A northbound lane closure will remain in some areas as needed for work on sidewalks, paving and other activities that will continue as weather allows through winter.

Overall work will conclude in spring 2013.

The $18.1 million project widened Route 19 from 42 feet to 63 feet, adding a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks.

New, improved traffic signals were also added at eight intersections in the project area between Longvue Road, near the top of Pine Creek Hill, and North Chapel/Manor Road.

Additional work included bituminous resurfacing, concrete pavement, drainage, signing, a retaining wall and other improvements.

About 28,000 vehicles use this section of Route 19 on an average day.

PennDOT ‘s prime contractor for the project is the Golden Triangle Construction Co. Inc. of Imperial, PA.

Stella Neely November 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Just not sure who wants to walk along that busy stretch of highway, sidewalks or no sidewalks. Seems a waste of money to have put sidewalks there but then again, this is Pennsylvania!
Art Wegweiser November 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
What is "close to completion"?- next Spring for this never ending chaos? Many miles of Interstate were built in 2 years and using older technology.
Art Wegweiser November 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Stella - I see you noticed that the road from Hell does not have too many residential dwellings but is a rather less than attractive, but probably necessary, commercial artery. Perhaps a bike path might have made at least a little more sense. I also wait to see if somebody has the brain to time all those traffic lights.
Jeff S November 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Close to completion? They haven't installed the new traffic signals at North Chapel Rd, they still have tons of concrete curb and sidewalk to lay, they'll still have to put in the concrete medians at the left turn only lanes at the intersections... It's more unsafe to open 1/4 mile of all five lanes, then have the right lane closed and everyone funnel back into one lane, drive another 1/8 of a mile, oh the right lanes closed again. PennDOT and Golden Triangle Construction completely butchered the planning and execution of this project from start to... whenever it does actually finish.

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