Building’s Construction to Have Big Impact on South Side Bethlehem Traffic

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This detour for a portion of W. Third Street will be in place for much of October. (Credit: City of Bethlehem)

The construction of a new high-rise at Third and S. New streets in South Bethlehem is expected to have a big impact on traffic in the area in October and November.

According to an email Thursday from the city’s traffic superintendent, Tiffany Wells, the contractor working on the building at that corner will begin installing the building’s front panels on Monday, Oct. 2.

“To facilitate this, a large crane will be placed on Third Street between New Street and Northampton Street, and will force the closure of eastbound Third Street between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day,” Wells said.

A detour will be in place at Third Street and Brodhead Avenue directing motorists to use Brodhead Avenue to W. Fourth Street.

Local traffic will have access to the Comfort Suites hotel, the Banana Factory and Northampton Street, however no eastbound traffic will be permitted past Northampton Street.

Westbound Third Street will not be affected.

The work is expected to last approximately four weeks.

“After about four weeks, the crane will be moved to S. New Street, which will require the southbound lane to be closed from Third Street to Mechanic Street,” Wells said.

A detour will then be posted taking motorists to Brodhead and back to Fourth Street.

That work is anticipated to take place throughout the month of November.

This detour for a portion of W. Third Street will be in place for much of November. (Credit: City of Bethlehem)

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