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January 7, 2019 GMT

The state Department of Transportation announced the following upcoming roadwork projects in Luzerne County: Short term projects: • The state Department of Transportation announced the Wilkes-Barre Driver License Center at 1085 Hanover St. in Hanover Twp. will be closed for renovations beginning Tuesday and will reopen for photo services and driver licensing services on Jan. 24. There will be extended hours at the Tunkhannock Driver License Center, 600 Hunter Highway, Suite 12, Tunkhannock, while renovations are taking place. Hours will be 8:30 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the driver license center and photo license center, with the photo center staying open until 6 p.m. Thursday. Customers with a scheduled driving skills test during the renovations will take their test at the Tunkhannock location. Testing at Tunkhannock will end at 4:15 p.m. If you are not able to be at Tunkhannock before 4:15 p.m., please call 1-800-423-5542. A manager will contact you to arrange for another testing opportunity. Customers may also obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services through www.dmv.pa.gov. • State Route 502 is closed in Pittston Twp. just east of Aston Mountain Road. The closure is due to significant scouring that was discovered under the bridge in a recent inspection. A detour route will be set up and the road is expected to remain closed for a few weeks. Work should be complete by the second week of January, depending on the weather. Long term projects: • State Route 2045, South Main Road, is closed in Wright Twp. due to an emergency bridge repair. The project will include replacing a pipe that has deteriorated underneath and has left the bridge unsafe. The bridge tentative completion date for this project is late September 2019. A detour will be placed during this time. The detour will be Nuangola Road to Church Road and back to South Main Road. • North Cross Valley Expressway project: The on ramp to the North Cross Valley Expressway at Exit 3 River Street in Plains Twp. is closed through early spring of 2019. A signed detour will be in place for the duration of the on ramp construction. The on-ramp bridge deck and parapets will be removed and replaced. The beams and girders will be inspected and painted. A signed detour will be in place for the duration of the on ramp construction. Short term traffic delays might be experienced. Also on the Cross Valley, work from exit 4 to exit 6 will be done at night. The project will be from Forty Fort to Luzerne. Deck and repair work will begin in the spring of 2019. • South Valley Parkway project: The Prospect Street roundabout is being re-engineered due to unforeseen conditions. The Department did not want to inconvenience the public, so the area was opened up. Once the re-engineering is completed, construction of Prospect Street will resume. The Prospect Roundabout will be opened during winter months, and closed again in late spring 2019 for completion. This is required due to weather restrictions for bituminous paving of the roundabout. The Prospect Street roundabout is projected to take 106 working days once it resumes in the spring. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2020. All work depends on weather conditions. — STAFF REPORT