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Surprise Utility Pipe Delayed Darby Road Work

Did you notice that 'Seek Alternate Route' sign just disappeared without any work being done?

Did you notice signs on the stretch of Darby Road between Road and Route 252, saying "Darby Road to Close On Or About Feb. 4"?

PennDOT was planning to replace a drainage pipe under the roadway, but the signs disappeared without any work being done. Why?

According to an email from PennDOT representative Charlie Metzger, the roadwork has been postponed due to "utility conflicts:"

When crews started excavating they discovered a utility pipe that was not marked.

No new date has been scheduled for the work, according to Metzger.

The original press release from PennDOT describing the work is below, though the dates are no longer operative:

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will improvement drainage on Darby Road between Devon Road and Route 252 (Darby Paoli Road) in Easttown Township, Chester County beginning Feb. 4 by replacing a deteriorated drainage pipe. Darby Road will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Feb. 23.

During construction, Darby Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Route 252 (Leopard Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

This work is part of PennDOT’s $11 million project to repair and resurface 12 state highways in Chester County.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $11,039,350 project. The project is financed with 100 percent state funds. All work will be completed by August 2013.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call 610.205.6700.

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