More work planned for Route 28 after nightmare commute Thursday evening

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HARMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Bridge washing work on Route 28 continued Friday, which led to minor traffic delays near the Harmar exit.

Frustrated drivers told Channel 11 News that traffic was backed up for miles Thursday evening while crews did paving work, and it didn’t wrap up as planned.

“It was terrible,” one driver said.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official Dan Cessna told Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic that the paving project near the Highland Park Bridge was supposed to end by 3 p.m., but it went much later than expected.

He said asphalt trucks got stuck in traffic, and once they got there, workers had to lay it down in the trench they dug.

What’s more, PennDOT officials said more work will continue Monday.

Motorists are being advised to prepare for delays and try to find alternate routes. 

Cessna said PennDOT typically plans projects between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. – which is what happened Friday with the bridge cleaning.