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Expect Delays on Black River Road for PennDOT Paving Project

Motorists in Lower Saucon Township should expect to encounter delays this week and into September for a seven-week PennDOT paving project on Black River Road between Rt. 378 and Bingen Road.

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Motorists in Lower Saucon Township should expect to encounter delays this week and into September for a PennDOT paving project on Black River Road.Paving

According to PennDOT, the paving is being done by a contractor and will be taking place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. between Rt. 378 and Bingen Road.

There will be lane restrictions with flagging in place for the project, and motorists should use caution when traveling through any work zones.

According to a PennDOT weekly summary of Northampton County road projects dated Aug. 2, the estimated completion date for the Black River Road project is Sept. 24.

Lower Saucon Township Police used social media and their email notification system Monday to alert motorists to the possibility of delays as a result of it.

This week PennDOT said it will also be patching potholes on several township roads, including Polk Valley Road between Rt. 412 and Reservoir Road, Lower Saucon Road between Applebutter and Easton roads, and Bingen Road between Black River and Hickory Hill roads.

All of the pothole patching will be limited to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In other Saucon Valley area road work news, PennDOT’s Water Street Bridge replacement project has been under way for a week, and to date has caused little in the way of added congestion in the borough of Hellertown.

Car and truck traffic is being detoured onto several roads in Lower Saucon Township and the City of Bethlehem during the project, which is expected to be completed around Sept. 27.

Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when driving along local roads that are part of the detour, since children may be playing outside.

Schools open in Saucon Valley on Aug. 26, and it remains to be seen if or how the addition of school buses and vehicular traffic on the roads in the area will impact traffic, particularly during peak arrival and dismissal times.


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