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HERMITAGE – Traffic is expected to be bottled up even more starting Monday on State Street in Hermitage.

PennDOT announced that daylight lane restrictions will be set up on East State Street from state Route 18 west to the intersection with North and South Crescent Drive, where Nick’s Inn 62 restaurant sits on one corner.

“I’m sure it’ll be an inconvenience for anyone traveling there,” said Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson. “But the end product is going to be worth it. The road has needed paving for several years. I think we can tolerate some inconvenience while they finish it up.”

The restrictions are expected to run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week through June 21, weather permitting, according to PennDOT. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes during active work hours, as traffic delays are anticipated. Access to businesses and homes will be maintained whenever possible.

Work will start on the westbound lanes of East State Street near Route 18. Crews will adjust lane restrictions, with one-lane traffic in the work zone, as the project progresses along the westbound, then eastbound, lanes.

The project is part of a larger $4.5 million project, with Kirila Contractors Inc. of Brookfield as contractor. 

PennDOT spokeswoman Jill Harry said work is continuing on a box culvert-style bridge near Wick Avenue in Hermitage just west of the area to be paved.

“When that work is complete, we’ll do the paving there,” she said.

The entire project, which began in early 2018 and was scheduled for completion in May 2020, will be completed this fall ahead of schedule, Harry said. 

She said PennDOT officials are mindful of the inconvenience caused by the project and its forced lane closures. Eastbound traffic on much of East State Street in Sharon has been prohibited since last July.

The detour takes traffic through Sharpsville and into Hermitage before meeting up with East State Street on North Buhl Farm Drive. 

“We’re excited whenever any project nears completion,” Harry said. “We understand that it’s required a lot of patience from drivers and businesses in the area, and we appreciate it.”

Hinkson said officials in Hermitage were excited as well, and for the same reason.

“We’re happy that the paving is finally getting started because that means that project is nearing an end, and it seems like it’s been going on a long time,” Hinkson said.

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