Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rock Slide Cleanup Near Jim Thorpe to be Completed Thursday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced work that began October 11 to remediate a recent rock slide along US 209/Mauch Chunk Street in Mahoning Township, Carbon County will be complete this afternoon (work was originally expected to last through October 27).

“The contractor was able to remove the fallen rock and remove other loose rock sooner than anticipated,” Inspector-in-Charge Calvin Ulshafer said. “They also determined no mesh netting is needed now for the area where they were working.”

Workers removed fallen rock from the roadway, scaled back and removed additional rock from the mountain, and milled and paved US 209 north in the work area.

On September 8, multiple large rocks slid off the side of the mountain alongside US 209 between Race Street and Oak Avenue, causing the two-lane section of US 209 north going up Flagstaff Mountain (“Mansion House Hill”) to be reduced to a single lane. All lanes on US 209 will remain when this work is complete.

This section of US 209 has an average daily traffic volume of 9,814 vehicles.

The work required full closures of US 209 north and south on weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM. During these full closures, US 209 traffic was 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.

A single lane remained open on US 209 north and south weekdays from 2 PM to 9 AM and from 2 PM Fridays through 9 AM Mondays.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime, Inc. of New Enterprise, Pa., is the general contractor on the $354,103 emergency project.
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