PennDOT employee Tony Camplese of York Haven removes sections of a concrete retaining wall along Route 216/616 in Glen Rock on Tuesday. The road is closed
PennDOT employee Tony Camplese of York Haven removes sections of a concrete retaining wall along Route 216/616 in Glen Rock on Tuesday. The road is closed just north of Church Street during the construction and will reopen July 19, according to PennDOT. The wall has been deteriorating after it was damaged in a vehicle accident. (Sam Kalina photo)

Motorists in Glen Rock might travel through delays and detours during the next two weeks as workers repair a retaining wall in the borough.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Monday closed Route 216/616 just north of Church Street so maintenance crews could begin a project to replace and repair a retaining wall.

In January 2012, a vehicle struck the wall and weakened it, and PennDOT now has the means to fix it, said Mike Summerville, assistant highway maintenance manager for PennDOT.

Since the wall was damaged 18 months ago, the state department has been monitoring it, he said.

On Monday, crews started repairing a 75-foot span of the wall, which was put in place several years ago for safety reasons, Summerville said.

The wall lines a narrow passage with a steep dropoff, he said.

Summerville said he wasn't aware of the total cost of the project or specifically how long the wall has been in place.

Work is ongoing during the next couple of weeks, and local traffic will be able to use Route 216/616 to the point of the closure.

A marked detour will direct traffic around the closure, using Route 216, Susquehanna Trail (State Route 3001), Valley Road (State Route 3022), Clearview Drive (State Route 3006) and Route 616.

The full length of Route 216/616 is expected to reopen at 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, Summerville said.

If work is finished before then, PennDOT will send out an alert to let motorists know the road is ready, he said.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.