A road project in the Poconos that has taken two decades to plan and construct is expected to be ready for drivers this summer.
The Marshalls Creek Bypass Project is designed to ease traffic in the tourist destination.
PennDOT officials said the Marshalls Creek Bypass Project is nearly 80 percent complete.
The loud sounds of heavy construction machinery, scraping up chunks of rock and drilling into the sides of the Pocono mountains have been heard for months.
Crews are working to construct the nearly two-mile stretch of the Bypass in Marshalls Creek.
The purpose is to alleviate traffic congestion which is mostly found in the Village of Marshalls Creek.
“There’s always a jam here. It’s a terrible thing. Even though they took the flea market away, it’s just incredible here,” said Luis Homar of Marshalls Creek.
There is good news on the horizon for drivers.
The bypass will by-pass the entire Village of Marshalls Creek, which gets very congested during the summer tourist months.
A Marshalls Creek resident of 12 years can explain.
“It’s impossible to leave or to come here on Friday, Saturday morning or leave on Sunday evening. The traffic is awful. Just awful. We stay home,” said Homar.
Not everyone in Marshalls Creek believes the project will be ready in time for the busy summer season.
“I don’t think it’s realistic. I think they’ve been working on it for a while and I think there’s no end in sight to when they’re going to be done,” said Dennis Mennella of Bovino’s Pizzaria in Marshalls Creek.
After the Marshalls Creek Bypass is expected to open to drivers this summer, there is still more work to be done. That work is focused on bridges that are part of the project.
The entire project is expected to be complete this fall.