Po­lice ad­vise of Pottsville traf­fic re­stric­tion

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE STAFF WRITER con­tact the writer: fan­dr­us­cav­age@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6013

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.

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