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Perry Co. roundabout closes major road

New detours take effect Monday for Perry County commuters

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SHERMANS DALE, Pa. (WHTM) -
A simple commute to work from Perry County will soon be a little longer and a little more complicated for drivers who rely on Route 34.  

"It's a big inconvenience and a headache," said Cody Hare of New Bloomfield.

He uses Sunnyside Drive every day to get to work on the Harrisburg Pike. 

"I have to go 11 miles out of my way and around to the Harrisburg Pike because I can't take the short cut half way down the mountain," Hare said.

Monday he will be forced to navigate using the detour. The intersection at Sunnyside Drive and Mountain Road will be closed for three months as crews begin work to build a driver friendly roundabout. 
 
"With all the traffic, it'll probably take me an additional 45 minutes to an hour," he said.

Among those nearly 15,000 drivers who use Route 34 is Joe Grazan of Shermans Dale, who says closing the road means traffic will be worse than ever. 
     
"In busy traffic moments to and from work you can have traffic as far as you can see, so you can imagine going through detours -- that's going to be even more," Grazan said. "You could be anywhere from 15 minutes to a half an hour more."
     
More traffic and a longer commute seem to be inevitable, but Grazan says it is a small price to pay for a safer road. 
 
"I just keep thinking the end result will be the best, it will be the best in the end," said Grazan. 

PennDOT officials did not give an exact time for the road closure. They ask drivers to anticipate the road to be closed for the early morning rush. 
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