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Repair Will Force Route 309 Closure

October 19, 2017 GMT

COURTDALE — Crews discovered a hole as large as a basketball when they examined state Route 309 on Wednesday. Starting at 8 a.m. today, workers will begin fixing the bridge. Work will narrow traffic to a single lane near the rock cut coming from the Back Mountain, a section of road that sees about 20,000 vehicles each day. A motorist called 1-800-FIX-ROAD, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hotline, to report the problem, said PennDOT spokesman James May. Workers who went to investigate saw a hole in a bridge on a southbound lane below the rock cut in Kingston Twp. and about 1,000 feet before Exit 6 into Luzerne. May didn’t know how long it would take to fix the bridge, and workers won’t know until they begin the process of examining and repairing the structure. — BILL WELLOCK