Paving of the road atop the Wyoming Valley Levee has advanced to the reach between Kingston and Edwardsville, the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority announced this week.
Work on the stretch along the Susquehanna River from Forty Fort to Wyoming started Aug. 20 and is now complete, with the exception of line painting, said authority Executive Director Christopher Belleman.
Forty Fort-based Banks Sealcoat Company LLC started work on the Kingston/Edwardsville portion Tuesday at the parking lot near Rutter Avenue and Church Street in Kingston. Crews will progress in a downstream direction, Belleman said.
The Church/Rutter parking lot will be temporarily closed to public use, and work zones will be blocked with barricades. The authority asked the public to stay off this portion until work is completed.
Repairing of the asphalt cracks and bumps has been on the authority’s wish list for years and is now possible because the state recently awarded a $100,000 grant from casino gambling revenue to help cover it, Belleman has said.
Banks Sealcoat will be paid $213,100, with the remainder of the expense funded by the authority.
The contractor anticipates the 12-mile project will be completed in approximately six weeks, weather dependent. The remaining spans are in Plymouth and between Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township.
The path was added more than 20 years ago as part of the levee-raising project for vehicles to access the flood control system for maintenance and flood monitoring without causing ruts and other damage. Bikers, joggers and walkers instantly gravitated to the path for recreation.
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