Thursday, September 8, 2022

PennDOT Announces New Traffic Patterns for PA 443 Reconstruction Project in Lehighton

PennDOT announced on Thursday motorists can expect new traffic patterns starting Sunday, September 11, on PA 443/Blakeslee Boulevard in Lehighton Borough, Carbon County.
Starting Sunday there will be 24-hour lane restrictions with flaggers Sundays through Thursdays on PA 443 between Ashtown Drive and East Penn Street for approximately three weeks. These restrictions are scheduled to begin Sundays at 6 PM and remain in place until 5 PM on Thursdays. If there is inclement weather the restrictions may be extended to additional days.

The restrictions are necessary for work related to the ongoing reconstruction of PA 443 from the Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township to the US 209/Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton Borough.

Work on PA 443 includes reconstructing approximately 2.25 miles of roadway, adding a center turn lane along the corridor, adding left-turn lanes and traffic signal improvements at the PA 443 intersections with Mall Road/Mall Lane and East Penn Street/Mahoning Mountain Road designed to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes, drainage improvements, traffic signing, utility installation/relocation, new guiderail, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction. The project also includes rehabilitating the PA 443 bridge over Mahoning Creek.

In addition, the PA 902/South 9th Street bridge over Mahoning Creek will be replaced and the intersection of PA 902 and PA 443 will be realigned slightly to the east to make a “T” intersection.

Work began in January 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in September 2024. H&K Group, Inc. of Skippack, PA is the general contractor on the $21,118,085 project.