The final phase of a three-year project to restore Milan-East Smithfield Road will begin in July, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Phase three of the project, estimated to cost $4.2 million, will restore the roadway from Bucks Creek to its intersection with Route 220, according to information from PennDOT. The work will cover a three-mile stretch of road spanning Smithfield and Ulster townships.

The project includes reconstructing the outside edges of the pavement, correcting cross slopes and resurfacing along the roadway, similar to work that crews completed last summer on a 1.9-mile section of the road between Laurel Hill Road and East Smithfield.

Flaggers will control traffic through the construction zone, as they did during last year's construction, officials said. However, a six-week detour will be instated during the project to replace a bridge over Bucks Creek with a small culvert, said Eric High, assistant district executive for maintenance for PennDOT Engineering District 3.

Officials expect construction to be complete in November.

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