South Duke Street near Yorktowne Hotel will be one lane until summer 2019

Maria Yohn
York Dispatch
A rendering by AB Sketches shows how the Yorktowne Hotel will look when renovations are complete in late 2018 or early 2019.

South Duke Street in York City will be limited to a single lane for several blocks starting Thursday, March 8, and the second lane won't reopen for more than a year, according to a city official.

The traffic restriction is due to the $20 million renovation of the Yorktowne Hotel, said Philip Given, chief of staff to Mayor Michael Helfrich. 

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Given said the west-side lane of South Duke Street between Mason Avenue and Market Street will be closed for the duration of the renovation project, which is expected to wrap up in summer 2019.

Pedestrians also will be affected, as the sidewalk on the west side of the street will be closed, and commuters will be unable to access the Rabbit Transit bus stop on South Duke Street between Mason Avenue and Market Street.

Riders are advised to access the stop at East Market and Queen streets for the Route 1E bus and the stop at Duke and Philadelphia streets for the Route 2N bus, according to the release. 

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However, the east-side lane of Duke Street, as well as the sidewalks on the east side, will remain unaffected.

Although traffic will remain open on one side, Given advised motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution when traveling in the area, as it is the main entry point for delivery and construction vehicles for the project.

"That's really command central for the Yorktowne Hotel project," he said. 

The 11-story historic Yorktowne hotel, built in 1925, will be renovated from the ground up, Given said, and the rear addition to the building will be demolished. It was purchased by the York County Industrial Development Authority in 2015, according to the project's website.