White Deer Pike detour lifted


LEWISBURG — The White Deer Pike detour has been lifted — for now.  According to the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, the detour was lifted Wednesday morning.   Traffic will still be limited to one lane during the day when necessary, but both lanes will be open at night.


The detour between White Deer and Watsontown in Union County was implemented in May due to reconstruction of the railroad bridge.  The detour was to stay in place until the project was completed, but the schedule was revised, allowing it to open three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.


The detour will be re-imposed for about four separate work days.  According to Jeff Stover, Executive Director of the Joint Rail Authority, they will need to impose the detour again when they place steel beams on the bridge, when they place the bridge deck, and during the final overlay of the roadway.


Stover said the steel beams may be set August 28 and 29, but they will make every effort to alert the public before replacing the detour.  The former detour used Route 15, Route 44 and Brimmer Avenue, however a shorter, local detour is being sought for the remaining work.  (Codi Jade)

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