DUNMORE — Delays and single-lane traffic patterns might be in the future for motorists traveling on Route 309.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 22, PennDOT will begin the process of moving traffic from SR 309 North to SR 309 South, between Wilkes Barre and Mountain Top. In order to perform blasting in the rock cut area of Route 309 North, all traffic will be moved into single lane patterns on what are now the southbound lanes. From Tuesday to Friday , crews will be painting lines, paving and setting barrier. As they do, there may be delays and single lane patterns in the area.
By the end of next week, traffic is scheduled to be moved over and will remain in single-lane patterns until late fall. PennDOT is also imposing a ban on trucks over 10.5 tons that will be in effect at all times in the southbound lane and from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. going north.
This work is part of a $5.2 million safety enhancement project that will blast and remove portions of the rock in the area. By widening the rock cut, less water will flow onto the road, and more sunlight will be able to reach the road surface, thereby reducing the amount of ice on the road.
Throughout the duration of the project, the speed limit will be reduced to 35 m.p.h. Two portable cameras will be installed to allow motorists to view traffic conditions before heading out which will soon be available at www.511pa.com.