Main Street Reopened At Dallas Roundabout
DALLAS— PennDOT workers have moved on from Main Street in order to try and complete the roundabout project ahead of schedule.
Right turns are now allowed onto and from Main Street, giving drivers a preview of what the road will be like.
Jeff Soroka, PennDOT project manager, said drivers should get used to not making left turns because once the project is finished, they won’t be able to anyway.
The project is already ahead of schedule, as Machell Avenue is already closed from Route 415 to the entrance of Nardone’s Plaza.
Michael Taluto, PennDOT safety press officer, said Machell Avenue will remain closed for three weeks, allowing crews to work on a section from Fino’s Pharmacy to Domino’s Pizza.
Fino’s Pharmacy owner Dominic Fino said it’s great for all of the businesses, including his, that were affected during the road closure.
“I’m just glad access is open again,” Fino said. “It was such a hassle for customers to get to us and then they couldn’t get back to the highway. It was really confusing. So, we offered more deliveries for those people who found it was too difficult to get here and it’s no problem, we’ll deliver.”
Now that Main Street is open, Fino is hopeful a lot of the businesses will pick back up.
A lot of work remains, however, according to Soroka. In a few weeks, another detour will be added to speed up the project.
“In around three to four weeks, no trucks greater than 33 feet in length, will be allowed through the center of Dallas,” Soroka said. “The truck detour will be reinstated to finish work on the island of the roundabout.”
Soroka also said work will continue straight through project completion, which he said should be some time in November.
“We’re on track to be completely done by then,” Soroka said. “Hopefully we will be six to seven months ahead of schedule when we finish the entire project.”
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