NANTICOKE — Construction will cause detours and slow-moving traffic in Nanticoke for the foreseeable future.
Utility work on Kosciuszko Street will slow traffic this week, and Luzerne County Community College posted on Facebook that Middle Road will be closed to traffic due to construction of a roundabout.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation notified the college that Middle Road will be closed from Kosciuszko Street to the Lower Askam section of Hanover Township as early as April 3, according to the post.
“This is a major part of the South Valley Parkway Project which will eventually connect the college to state Route 29,” the post states.
According to PennDOT, the schedule for road closures is:
• Middle Road will be closed and a detour will be in place beginning April 3. The road will reopen in November.
• Kosciuszko Street will be closed July 6 and be reopened in November.
• Prospect Street will be closed in the summer of 2018 and reopen in November 2018.
PennDOT opened the first of six roundabouts at the intersection of Espy Street and Middle Road on Dec. 2, 2016.
When the project is completed, Nanticoke will have three single-lane roundabouts, at Middle Road and Prospect Street, Middle Road and Espy Street, and Middle Road and Kosciuszko Street.
Hanover Township will have two single-lane roundabouts and one two-lane roundabout. The two single-lane roundabouts will be at the South Valley Parkway and the northbound on- and off-ramps at the new state Route 29. The parkway and the new state Route 29 south bound on/off ramp will be the two-lane roundabout.
In addition to the the delays, PennDOT said routine blasting will occur throughout the area. There is also a single lane closure of state Route 29 for the project.
PennDOT advises drivers to use alternate routes.
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