By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — It will be a trick and not a treat for drivers on Halloween.
The detour at Routes 54 and 11 has been extended for at least an additional week and tentatively moved to Nov. 7.
The detour, in effect since July for a flood control project construction, was to have been lifted Oct. 31.
Dan Knorr spoke Monday afternoon with the contractor who needs additional days before the detour is lifted. Knorr is Danville governmental affairs administrator.
The intersection of Routes 54 and 11 has had one lane closed since July 23, when the work began. Normally, there are three lanes — one northbound, one southbound and a turning lane for traffic heading north on Route 54.
During the project, lanes which have been closed have been shifted as the contractor has progressed across the road, Knorr said.
Contractor Susquehanna Supply Co. of Williamsport is building a closure structure which is a removal stop-log structure that can be installed quickly and removed quickly in the event of flooding. The stop log closures are being constructed across Route 11 and North Shore Railroad on both sides of Mahoning Creek.
The cost of the construction is $1.48 million.
Danville officials have said if the system had been in place in September 2011, millions of dollars of damage to the Danville Middle School, the Danville sewage treatment plant and businesses along Route 11 from a flooding Mahoning Creek could have been prevented.
After the detour is lifted, work will continue on the floodwall project.
Knorr said work will be required through December. “There is still some work on sides of the road that won’t impact traffic that will take several more weeks,” he said. “They will be building a slot closure on the edge of the levee wall,” he said.
The project is being funded by nearly $3 million in state grants which will also cover engineering costs and inspection fees.