The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it would start a $13 million construction project to make improvements to the interchange of Route 33 and Route 512 in Plainfield Township and Wind Gap in Northampton County, starting May 28.
The project includes milling and paving about one mile of Route 33, a new median barrier along Route 33, rehabilitation of the Route 33 bridges over Route 512 and Male Road, lengthening and rehabilitation of ramps at the interchange, patching and paving of Route 512 between Epps Street and Male Road, installation of a traffic signal at Route 512 and Jacobsburg Road and other construction.
During the first phase of construction, Route 33 will experience nightly (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) lane restrictions on weekdays for the paving of shoulders and median areas. This work will begin in the southbound direction, then move to the northbound side. This work is estimated to be completed by July.
Then traffic will be shifted and use the median or shoulder area to allow two lanes of Route 33 to be open in both directions. No long-term lane restrictions are scheduled, but motorists may experience short-term lane restrictions when needed.
Throughout the project, there will be lane restrictions on Route 512 between Male Road and Epps Street, but one lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.
The project should be complete in May 2015.
James D. Morrissey Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $13.1 million project.
This section of Route 33 has an average daily traffic volume of 33,175 vehicles. The average daily traffic volume on Route 512 ranges from 8,882 vehicles at the western end of the project to 18,961 at the eastern end.