More Traffic Delays in Wilkes-Barre

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Drivers traveling through downtown Wilkes-Barre can expect more delays along River Street in the area of Hotel Sterling.

A major water main replacement project is all set to begin Monday on River Street in Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania American Water will be replacing a 14 inch line that dates back to the 1890s.

The project is in the same area as Hotel Sterling, where a portion of North River Street is closed because of the crumbling hotel.

Sandy Margavage, who we found dropping off her daughter at Wilkes University, shudders at the thought of more traffic tie ups.

“Not good, not good. It will put me out. I will have to plan my route and it will be a hassle for me,” said Margavage.

The project calls for replacing over six thousand feet of pipe. It will go from Jackson Street and River Street in front of Kings College, past Wilkes University to Academy Street.

Wilkes University student Matt Gunther lives off campus.

“It`s good that they are getting work done but the traffic around here, it`s sort of a hassle trying to get to school but they have to get their repairs done in the city so it`s good to see. People need their fresh water,” said Gunther.

A spokesperson for Pennsylvania American Water said the crews will also replace nearly 85 service connections. Also, because of the history of water main breaks in the area, the line which runs along the levee across the street will be moved to increase reliability.

“We take for granted water. You brush your teeth you take a shower. If all of a sudden you don`t have water for a week I think you`d be able to hang out in a traffic jam for an hour. What do you think about that? Asked John Morgan of Wilkes-Barre.

PA American Water suggests travelers find other ways to get around that part of Wilkes-Barre. Work is scheduled to begin on the two million dollar project Monday, and traffic restrictions will be in place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The project is scheduled to wrap up by October.