Coxton Road in Duryea to be closed for flood damage repair

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DURYEA — Coxton Road was closed Oct. 3 between Main Street in Duryea and the Lackawanna County line due to flooding.

After the water subsided, an inspection revealed surface damage as well as undermining of the road. For that reason, the roadway has remained closed.

In addition to the current damage to the roadway, inspections are also being done on the rock face along the side of Coxton Road to ensure that there are no visible signs of potential rock slides that could present a hazard to the public.

With 2018 being one of the wettest summers on record across the region, rocks and dirt on the mountain have washed away and the ground has shifted in various locations. Because smaller rocks have recently fallen onto the roadway surface, the department must ensure that there is no identifiable immediate danger to the public by opening the road.

Until the repairs to the roadway are finished and the inspection of the rocks is complete, the road will remain closed to public.

This work is expected to take at least a few weeks to complete, but there is currently no immediate plan to reopen the roadway.

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Process could take a few weeks, PennDOT says