Expecting East Prospect Road to re-open? Think again.

PennDOT had expected the construction on Route 124 — also known as East Prospect Road — to be completed, or at least far enough along that the road could be re-opened, by July 26.

Which would have been good news to those affected by the closure, at the S-curve between Mount Zion Road and Locust Grove Road in Windsor Township. The closure has caused a degree of difficulty for those who had traveled the road frequently. And now that East Market Street between Mount Zion and Locust Grove roads is under construction, it has caused even more issues for motorists. And it has caused issues for at least one small business, which reportedly has seen a significant drop in business.

So now comes word that the project will be continuing.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said the contractor has been hit by delays caused by utility issues. He said the contractor doing the roadwork has to wait for York Water Co. to complete running a new main and other lines before finishing the project.

And the contractor has requested an extension, asking PennDOT for permission to keep the road closed until mid-September.

PennDOT hasn’t ruled on the request yet. Penny said it is possible that the contractor could get the road to a point where it could be re-opened before finishing the project, completing it, as they say, under traffic with flagmen.

Stay tuned.

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