By Mary GRZEBIENIAK
NEW CASTLE, Pa.
The westbound lanes of U.S. Route 422 in Union and Taylor townships and the city of New Castle will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday until Oct. 3.
Once the westbound lanes open, the eastbound lanes will close until construction is complete.
The closing will allow crews to replace concrete overlays on bridge decks on the Shenango River, Mahoningtown and Interstate 376 overpasses, which are between Pa. Route 168 and I-376.
Westbound traffic on Route 422 will be detoured onto Business Route 422. Motorists who want to continue westbound will have to exit onto Route 168 north and travel through New Castle to Route 224 to Business Route 422. Traffic on I-376 still will be able to access westbound Route 422.
Jim Struzzi of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said an average of 9,318 vehicles travel the westbound lanes of Route 422 each day. Motorists should allow extra time and be prepared for changing traffic patterns, he said.
The closing is part of a $19.7 million project, which started in February, to improve 10.5 miles of Route 422 from the toll portion of I-376 to Savannah Road. It spans the city of New Castle as well as Union, Shenango and Taylor townships. The primary contractors for the project are Trumbull Corporation of Pittsburgh and Lindy Paving Inc. of New Castle.
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