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June 18, 2013

State Street project to restrict local traffic

NEW CASTLE — Motorists should expect lane restrictions on State and Falls streets starting this week.

Improvements are scheduled to begin Thursday on a stretch of the highway, running from Jefferson Street in downtown New Castle to Wilson Road in Union Township.

Work is expected to continue into mid-December.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the $5.22 million project will involve the milling and resurfacing of the highway, as well as concrete patching, draining improvements, traffic signal work and upgrades to signage.

To accommodate work crews, PennDOT said, State Street will be reduced to a single 10-foot-wide lane in each direction.

Originally, PennDOT had proposed detouring city traffic onto Grant Street. But city officials objected to that plan and PennDOT agreed to the single-lane alternative.

Motorists are being urged to use caution in the area and be alert to work crews and other activities.

Gulisek Construction of Mount Pleasant is the main contractor for the project.

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