A section of Route 322 between Hershey and Campbelltown will be closed to through-traffic for 10 days when PennDOT begins a bridge replacement project March 24.
Route 322 will be closed between Meadow Lane in Derry Township and Campbelltown Road in South Londonderry Township while construction crews replace the bridge over Spring Creek with a box culvert.
"So that we don't have flooding issues. I'm not saying the road won't flood any longer, but it probably won't be as bad," PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said.
The road will close at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24 and is scheduled to reopen by 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.
A signed detour will direct drivers around the closure by way of Route 743, Route 422, South Lingle Avenue and Campbelltown Road.
The construction will be a headache for nearly 16,000 people who drive the road every day.
"It's gonna be a real inconvenience because we use it to go from here up to the Hershey Med Center," Shirlene Kern of Myerstown said.
"It's a pretty busy stretch, especially in the morning and evening hours. The detour isn't too bad, though," Crochunis said.
"The locals will know the routes and everything, but for those people that commute that are going from Campbelltown into Harrisburg, it's best to use 422."
Once Route 322 reopens, drivers should expect single-lane traffic restrictions between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until the overall project wraps up at the end of April.