Late-winter construction activities are picking up on the Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project with work underway to clear the path for the new two- lane U.S. Route 209 around the village of Marshalls Creek.


Late-winter construction activities are picking up on the Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project with work underway to clear the path for the new two- lane U.S. Route 209 around the village of Marshalls Creek.
Crews are working at several locations on the east side of Marshalls Creek installing erosion and sedimentation controls - to manage stormwater during construction - and building drainage culverts, swales, basins and other permanent storm water management facilities.
Earth moving also is underway to establish the roadway?s footprint. Excavation started south of the Village, where the new road will split from Route 209 (Seven Bridges Road) at a roundabout that is being built on the east side of Route 209. (Click here  for more info on Roundabouts.)
Excavation will continue moving north along the creek as work expands this spring to reshape the creek-side topography and establish a base grade for this new segment of eastern Monroe County’s transportation infrastructure.  
Construction operations also are underway north of Marshalls Creek to widen Route 209 at the northern terminus of the project. Crews currently are clearing the embankment east of Route 209 where the widening will take place. Utility crews also are expected to begin relocating poles and other lines along Route 209 at both ends of the project this spring. Motorists may encounter occasional flagger-controlled lane closures at utility relocation areas once this activity begins.
The Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project will relocate Route 209 roughly along the east side of the Marshalls Creek from Seven Bridges Road in the south to north of the village near the Mt. Nebo Road.
In addition to the new roadway, the third and final stage of the project ($18.2 million) includes intersection improvements on several secondary roads in Smithfield and Middle Smithfield townships. Intersections to be upgraded include Route 209 at Business Route 209 in Marshalls Creek and Route 209 and Mt. Nebo Road, which will be realigned with the Oak Grove Drive at the Pocono Bazaar. Stage three is scheduled to be completed in late 2012.
Stage 1 construction, completed in 2007, included improvements at several intersections (Route 209 and Buttermilk Falls Road, Buttermilk Falls Road and River Road, and Route 209 and River Road) along the existing Route 209 corridor along with improvements to Oak Grove Drive and circulatory roads in the White Birch Estates.
Stage 2 construction included a 400-plus-space Park-and-Ride Lot on Route 209 located at the intersection with Mt. Nebo Road/Oak Grove Drive; a relocated section of Oak Grove Drive ? which included construction of a new bridge carrying the relocated roadway over Pond Creek; a new signalized intersection at realigned Oak Grove Drive and Route 209; and various improvements to the storm water management system along Route 209 north of Marshalls Creek.
Stage 2 construction was completed in 2009.