Westmoreland road work to affect traffic on routes 30, 119 beginning Monday

Motorists will encounter a detour and lane restrictions in Youngwood and additional restrictions on Route 30 in Hempfield beginning Monday, as work proceeds on PennDOT road projects.

In Youngwood, beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, a section of Depot Street, between northbound Route 119 (Third Street) and South Second Street, will be closed, and northbound and southbound lane restrictions will be in place on Route 119, between Hillis Street and the New Stanton Borough line.

The lane restrictions, for paving, are expected to continue through 7 p.m. on Thursday.

There will be no access between Route 119 and Burton Avenue during the paving. The intersections of Route 119 with Helman, Academy, Wilson and Fifth streets will be closed as needed.

The Depot Street closure is slated to remain in place until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Motorists will be detoured along Route 119 and Trolley Line Avenue.

PennDOT contractor Golden Triangle is in the midst of a $24.1 million project to reconstruct Route 119 in Youngwood and adjacent areas of New Stanton and Hempfield.

According to PennDOT District 12 Assistant District Executive Bill Beaumariage, work is nearing completion on the section of the project south of Hillis Street, which is the point where Route 119 splits into northbound lanes and southbound lanes (Fourth Street).

The project is expected to wrap up by December 2023. It will include updated sidewalks, with handicapped-accessible curb ramps.

Also, Route 119 will be reformatted with “chicanes,” slight curves in the roadway that will force traffic from right to left and are meant to slow down motorists.

Nighttime lane restrictions are expected to last longer on Route 30, between Walton Tea Room and North Greengate roads. Crews are expected to work there between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday through July 29.

Their work will include replacing concrete islands and updating sidewalks and handicapped-accessible ramps.

PennDOT also is cautioning motorists using the affected section of Route 30 to be on the lookout for construction trucks entering and exiting the site.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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