Drivers in and around downtown Westminster can now tune their radios to 530 AM to find out what sections of East Main Street are closed or scheduled to close for construction.
The Travelers Advisory Radio announcements will give motorists information on closings during the reconstruction project, said George R. Miller, State Highway Administration traffic engineer. The SHA is reconstructing Main Street from Longwell Avenue to Washington Road and Washington Road from Main Street to Quintal Drive.
Mr. Miller said the radio message will list street closings, warn drivers to expect detours, and report that businesses are accessible and that parking is available downtown.
Travelers Advisory Radio has a range of about one mile, Mr. Miller said. He said signs advising drivers to tune to 530 AM will be posted in town while the radio is in operation.
State highway officials plan to broadcast the travelers advisory through the middle of next week, then take the portable unit to another site until the next block closing is scheduled.
East Main Street is scheduled to be closed beginning tomorrow from Longwell Avenue to Westminster Avenue.
The SHA plans to reconstruct the roadbed, install storm drains, connect houses to new water lines and repave the street, said Eric Eckhardt, SHA project coordinator.
Mr. Eckhardt said the work probably will take about two months. How fast it gets done depends on weather and possible complications underground.
When the work is 50 percent completed, the SHA will close the next block east and begin work on it.
Two detours will be set up for this phase of construction.
The one for through traffic will use Route 27 (Railroad Avenue/Liberty Street), Green Street and Washington Road.
The detour for local traffic will use Center Street, Green Street and Route 27.
To improve vehicle movement with Main Street closed, the flow of traffic on two streets will be reversed. Longwell Avenue Extended, between Green and Main, will be one-way north. Westminster Avenue, between Main and Green, will be one-way south.
The post office will remain accessible from Longwell Avenue, and Union National Bank will be accessible from Westminster Avenue. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained through the closed-off block.
Information: SHA Project Engineer Ron Ritz, 876-4502.