Expect delays entering the Town of North East this week.
Crews from the State Highway Administration will begin patching on the Route 272 bridge over Amtrak in North East.
Work on this project began Monday and will continue through Thursday. A flagging operation will alternate traffic on a single lane each of the days between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This patch work is making way for a larger project. That bridge over Amtrak is slated for replacement. Patching the bridge now will allow construction crews to switch traffic to one lane for that larger scale project.
The bridge over Amtrak was built in 1954. The new bridge will provide two lanes of traffic, wider shoulders, and sidewalks to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Initially, a plan had the road closed along Route 272. After public meetings were held, it was decided that at least one lane of the roadway will remain open.
There may be times when drivers have to wait, such as when material is being brought to the site.
In addition to the bridge replacement, the project will include the addition of a left turn lane for southbound Route 272 at the intersection of North Main and Russell streets.
Sidewalks will also be built from Russell Street to the entrance of the North East Station shopping center.
This engineering project funds were granted in 2002. The engineering work for this project is $2 million. Construction costs are projected to be $12.6 million. Federal and state money will be used to pay the costs.