Last updated: August 19. 2013 10:29PM - 4082 Views
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South Main Street between Blackman and Division streets in Wilkes-Barre is one of several paving projects being done in the city.
South Main Street between Blackman and Division streets in Wilkes-Barre is one of several paving projects being done in the city.
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WILKES-BARRE — Keep an eye out for orange cones and reflective vests on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Paving work along Pennsylvania between East Market and North streets will begin today and is expected to continue throughout the week.
Drivers are advised to expect delays.
Already on Monday, parking meters along Pennsylvania Avenue had been covered with orange plastic bags as crews prepared to begin their work.
The project is part of a $388,483 package of improvements to four city streets that began earlier this month and which is expected to continue through September, city spokeswoman Liza Prokop said Monday.
According to Butch Frati, the city's director of operations, the affected streets are:
• South Main Street, from Blackman Street to Division Street;
• Pennsylvania Avenue, from East Market Street to North Street;
• South Sherman Street, from Amber Lane to Northampton Street;
• The intersection of Darling Street and Courtright Avenue.
The project, financed by the Community Development Office and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, will include milling, paving, line-painting, handicap-ramp upgrades and other work as needed, Frati said.
There will be lane closures as necessary, he added, and flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic around the work.
American Asphalt was low bidder for the work, Frati said.
“We will be announcing each area via press release prior to work beginning to provide public notification on traffic delays,” Prokop said.
Of the four streets, the paving on South Main near Blackman has been completed, Prokop said.

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