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In brief: New traffic project opens in Schaefferstown

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A $7.9 million traffic control project on Route 501 in Lebanon County opened Sept. 9 even though the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation still is working on it.

PennDOT said the new Schaefferstown Bypass that diverts traffic on Route 501 from downtown still has work remaining, and contractor Kinsley Construction of York Township will continue working while the new road is open.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of October, PennDOT said. It involves a two-lane relocation of Route 501 to the west of Schaefferstown from where routes 501 and 419 meet to Route 501 near Michters Road and Market Street.

Construction began in summer 2011.

It was originally supposed to be completed by this summer, but utility relocations caused the delay, PennDOT said.

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