ALLENTOWN - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5 announced the US 209 Marshalls Creek Bypass in Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships, Monroe County, opened to traffic just before 9 Monday evening. The Bypass redirects US 209 around the Village of Marshalls Creek.
“Stage 3 of the Bypass project is moving along, and we are excited to open this new roadway,” District Executive Michael Rebert said. “This relocation of Route 209 from the center of the Village is designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety.”
With the Bypass open, existing US 209 between the roundabout and the Village is designated as State Route 1019/Seven Bridges Road, and existing US 209 between Business Route 209 and the northern end of the Bypass is designated as Business Route 209.
In order to tie-in the Bypass' roundabout with the existing Seven Bridges Road pavement, Seven Bridges Road is closed between the roundabout at the southern end of the Bypass and the Bridge over Marshalls Creek for approximately two-to-three days.
Traffic on Seven Bridges Road traveling to and from the Village of Marshalls Creek will be detoured on the Bypass until the roundabout tie-in is completed later in the week.
Later this summer Seven Bridges Road will close between the roundabout and Twin Falls Road to replace the Seven Bridges Road Bridge over Marshalls Creek. That closure is expected to last two-to-three months. The contractor is working with the Department to shore up the schedule for this bridge work.
Then the final portions of work will entail reconstructing the intersection of Business Route 209 with Seven Bridges Road, rehabilitating the bridge over Marshalls Creek in the Village, and paving the existing portion of US 209 between the Village and northern end of the Bypass (this will be designated Business Route 209 when the Bypass opens). This final work will take place in the fall and possibly through the spring of 2013.
Stage 3 improvements include relocating Route 209 as a two lane highway around Marshalls Creek, along with intersection improvements on several secondary roads in Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships.