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Hickory St. Bridge closed Wednesday for paving project

September 16, 2010
Paving work necessitated closing a main intersection in downtown Warren for several hours Wednesday afternoon. City Councilman John Lewis said workers would have otherwise faced unsafe conditions. Therefore, he said city officials and contractors collaborated on the decision to divert traffic. Roadblocks at the south end of Hickory Street Bridge prevented traffic from crossing. More blocks deterred traffic at the intersections of Poplar St. and Pennsylvania Avenue West, Second Avenue and Liberty Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue West and Liberty Street. “As a councilman, I felt it needed done,” Lewis said. “I helped coordinate it.” Near the barriers on the bridge, many motorists expressed frustration. Some uttered obscenities and others made three-point turns at the traffic light to drive away in the opposite direction. The absence of traffic provided an easier work environment, Lewis said, and maintained pedestrian friendliness. Workers expected to finish around 7 p.m. Paving Supervisor Kim Reichel said workers were placing one and a half inches of overlay on the surface they had milled Tuesday. He said workers would continue on Thursday, as they moved eastward on Pennsylvania Avenue from Hickory Street. PennDOT and city officials worked together in setting construction at railroad crossings on Dorcon Road near the Glade Bridge and on Pennsylvania Avenue West at the railroad trestle. According to Wes Hess, PennDOT’s maintenance manager for Warren County, department officials were concerned about sending additional traffic through the city during Streetscape construction, but city officials approved the timing.

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Times Observer photo by Colin Kyler
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Workers continue the Streetscape project Wednesday afternoon on traffic-free roads.



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