Part of Route 73 in Keene will be closed 3 days next week

KEENE VALLEY — The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a half-mile segment of state Route 73 in the town of Keene, between state Route 9N and the southern end of Hulls Falls Road (Essex County Route 13A), will be closed between Tuesday and Thursday as part of a project to replace a culvert underneath the road.

During the three-day closure, motorists heading north on Route 73 toward Keene will be detoured onto U.S. Route 9 north to Elizabethtown. Motorists should then take Route 9N to reach Route 73 in Keene. Motorists coming south from Keene will be detoured onto Route 9N toward Elizabethtown and then to Route 9 south to reach Route 73.

Preliminary work is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 3, and the entire project is expected to be completed by Aug. 14. Apart from the three-day full closure, motorists should watch for periodic lane and shoulder closures with flaggers on this stretch of Route 73.

The DOT urges motorists to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.