SCRANTON — Navigating through one of the busiest parts of downtown Scranton can be a bit of a challenge.
There are several big projects underway at the same time on one of the main routes in and out of the city, and drivers said it can really cause troubles at rush hour.
The project to tear down the University of Scranton’s Leahy Hall has begun, and while workers rip apart the building, one lane of traffic is blocked off on Linden Street and Jeffferson Avenue.
Just down Jefferson Avenue, workers were pouring cement on a project fixing up sidewalks and an island. That has traffic restrictions in place at times too.
As you head out of downtown, you run into a long term project that has the Moosic Street bridge closed.
“It’s all over the place. People are double parking, you have to go around them, it’s a mess,” said one driver.
Drivers do have to have some patience, and we found many do as they navigate through all the projects.
“Lot of construction, lot of congestion right now, but they’re doing their best I think,” said Gary Cavill of Wyoming
“It’s a little tougher, but it’s going to be worth it in the long run,” said Ed Black of Lake Ariel
“I think they did a pretty good job with the set up. They have signs going, they have people to help you cross, so it’s not too bad. It just looks very chaotic,” said Nichole Fiore, University of Scranton junior.
The university has put in a new crosswalk across Jefferson Avenue and have police directing traffic to make sure students and staff cross safely.
The university is asking everyone for patience as demolition and then construction of a new occupational and physical therapy building impacts downtown.
“Even when I drive home from work it’s a little bit of a pain, but I see where this is going, and it’s a positive improvement,” said Brian Goldsack, University of Scranton employee.
The university expects lane restrictions on Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street to last through late fall. The best bet is to avoid that part of Scranton, especially during rush hour.