Police advise of Pottsville traffic restriction
Pottsville Police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky is alerting motorists to traffic pattern changes in a section of the city next week.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, PPL Electric Utilities will begin a major upgrade project in the 100 block of state Route 209, West Market Street, Wojciechowsky said.
He said the project requires PPL to have the 100 block of West Market Street closed to all vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. that day through the early evening of June 22, due to safety concerns associated with the project activity in the lanes of travel.
Pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the sidewalks and emergency vehicles will have access to the block from the Second Street area.
The chief said that the detours associated with the PPL project will reroute westbound traffic for Route 209 north on Centre Street, west on Laurel Boulevard, and then south on North 12th Street back to Route 209.
Eastbound commercial truck traffic will be directed north on North 12th Street, east on Laurel Boulevard and south on Centre Street back to Route 209.
All other eastbound traffic on Route 209 will be permitted to continue east on West Market Street as far as the intersection with North Second Street, where the option to turn north or south will be available.
Wojciechowsky said that during the project, parking restrictions will be in effect to allow immediate emergency vehicle response when necessary as well as safe moving space for increased commercial truck traffic.
The project parking restrictions will include the 100 block of North 12th Street, the 300 block of North 12th Street, the 1100 block of West Laurel Boulevard and the 300 block of North Centre Street.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead for these detours and possible delays, the chief said.