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May 31, 2014

’Grove gridlock grows

Green bridge project to force another detour

SELINSGROVE — With warmer weather comes traffic headaches on the Golden Strip.

For a second consecutive year, a traffic detour will be set up while crews work on the green bridge in Selinsgrove.

“People are incredulous,” Selinsgrove Main Street manager Mary Bannon said.

The same detour used during last year’s $1.9 million bridge project for several months will be put into effect June 9 and last about two weeks as an epoxy overlay is placed on the Route 522 truss bridge over Penns Creek.

Northbound traffic will be detoured to Route 522, Market Street, Route 35, Routes 11-15 northbound. Local traffic will be detoured to Airport Road, Mill Road, Route 204 and Route 522.

Southbound traffic will not be affected.

The additional work on the bridge could not be completed last year because of project delays.

The news rankled The Daily Item readers who responded online.

“I love traffic and delays for hours ... said no one in Selinsgrove,” wrote Leticia Hunnicutt.

Molly Morris Stahl bemoaned the detour occurring at the same time as road work is taking place nearby on Route 522 at the construction site of the new Weis Markets store.

No one’s looking forward to another lane closure, but Bannon said business owners and patrons were able to adjust to the detour last year.

“We just hope it’s only for two weeks,” she said.

More work is planned for the green bridge next summer when it’s slated to be painted, but state Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Mason said the work will not affect north- or south-bound traffic because the contract requires both lanes remain open.

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