Pennsylvania Avenue construction is well underway

Detour sign to the Hospital on North Court Street.

Planning began in 2007, and now construction is well underway on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Public Works Director Larry Seals says the road closures have inconvenienced some businesses in the project's path as they rely on drive-by traffic. He says now that residents are learning the detours business will begin to improve. Signs are posted specifically advertising each business's detour route. Crews removed the traffic signals at the intersection of Penn Ave. and Jefferson St. on Friday. This week workers are removing asphalt and breaking down pavement in the construction zone.

"The public needs to obey the traffic barricades," Seals said. "We've had a lot of people driving around barricades and you know jumping curbs and trying to cut through the project. Now that we're removing pavement, they're going to find that a little more difficult."

The project will be completed in three phases. Construction on Maple Street will wrap up in the next three weeks. This will allow cross traffic from north court street access. Penn Ave. is expected to be complete in late fall.