Delaware Avenue Water Mains

Delaware Avenue: Water Main Replacement
and Repaving Project

The Borough of Fountain Hill and the City of Bethlehem are undertaking a cooperative project on Delaware Avenue, from Broadway to Cherokee Street, to:

  • Replace the water main
  • Repave Delaware Avenue

Four Phases

Work will be completed in four phases to help minimize the overall traffic impact:

Phase 1 - COMPLETE
Phase 2 - COMPLETE

Phase 3 - COMPLETE

Phase 4

All of the work planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday was completed as scheduled. This is the last week of construction barring any unforeseen conditions or weather. The following is a summary of the work scheduled to be completed this week:

Monday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 1

The construction crews will be milling the road from Mohican to 3rd Street in preparation for the final paving. In addition they will pave the base layer of black top in the borough of Fountain Hill and patching the road in the city of Bethlehem. The concrete crews will be completing the handicapped curbs.

Saturday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 3

The final layer of black top will be put down, the final line striping will be completed and all traffic controls will be removed. The road will be open to traffic on Monday, November 4 without any detours.

Detour Information

  • Use the Phase 4 Detour Plan as a reference for this last week of construction.
  • Mohican between Delaware Avenue and Ostrum Street will be closed except to local traffic. Patients of St. Luke's Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates and parents from Lehigh Valley Child Care will be able to access both facilities from Mohican via Ostrum Street.
  • Southbound 378 traffic traveling to St. Luke's University Hospital will be directed to TURN RIGHT on to Brighton Street. **There is an electronic sign board on Route 378, before the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, directing patients and visitors to use of this route. There is a St. Luke's detour sign just before Brighton Street.** Those that miss the turn onto Brighton will continue on 378 Southbound and follow the detour signs onto Broadway to Bishop Thorpe.
  • NO PARKING signs are posted on the east side of Fiot and Bishop Thorpe Streets Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm
  • The milling and paving crews will intermittently be working in the intersection of 3rd and Cherokee throughout the week. All work in the intersection will be completed between 9 am and 3 pm. Flaggers will be used to maintain the flow of traffic in the intersection.
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