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Two Bridges Under Repair in Moosic

MOOSIC — People in one community in Lackawanna County said they are beginning to feel like their borough is becoming an island. A second heavily-travelled bridge in Moosic will be shut down to one lane later this month for repairs.

The bridge that carries Birney Avenue over Spring Brook in Moosic. PennDOT officials said it will be shut down to one lane starting on April 21st for bridge repairs.

People in Moosic said that work is a big deal because it’s part of a detour because of another bridge that’s closed.

Susan Jones who owns Delia’s Hoagies on Main Street in Moosic just reached a third anniversary she would rather not celebrate. Three years since the bridge directly next to her store was closed for repairs. And still no repairs.

“It was a Friday April 8th, three years on Tuesday. And it was a Friday in Lent when they shut it down. So you can see what it did to my business,” Jones said.

Jones was still cranking out the ever-popular tuna hoagies Friday. But, since the bridge shut down, she said business has been down 50%.

Getting to work is tough too, because the detour around the Main Street bridge often gets clogged.

“Not good, not good, it hasn’t changed all along. It’s really not improving, we have a lot of customers come in and they’re surprised that we are here. They don’t think we’re here because they just figured when the bridge shut down we shut down,” Jones added.

The Main Street bridge belongs to Lackawanna County. Engineers said work will start there later this year, but not before the state starts another project in the borough.

On April 21st, PennDOT workers are scheduled to start repairs on a bridge on Birney Avenue and it will be shut down to one lane. Here’s the catch though, that bridge is part of the detour around the long-closed Main Street Bridge.

That news made people in this part of Lackawanna County feel like there’s no way out.

“We were kind of kidding the other night, we said basically Moosic or Old Forge can become an island. It’s kind of a hard thing, unfortunately the infrastructure needs to be taken care of,” said Sal Luzio of Old Forge.

PennDOT officials said traffic will be shut down to one lane on Birney Avenue April 21st. No word on how long those repairs will last.

Lackawanna County officials said the Main Street Bridge project is still in the design phase. You won’t see work there until later on this year.

7 comments

  • Elizabeth

    this is just wrong. the other bridge they are now going to be working on and shutting down to one lane is an active detour to the Main St. bridge that has been down for 3 years, and still has not been touched yet! This detour is already TOO busy, especially between the hours of 4-7pm. this is just awful and shouldn’t be allowed. not to mention that 81S gets backed up all the time right in the same area and then that makes that very same detour area even worse! but, now it’s going to be only one lane?! it’s just so wrong. it’s going to be a nightmare! where do our taxes go?!?! and who made this decision and actually thinks that it is okay?!?!?!

  • RJ

    Outrageous! Ive been saying it for years they(the state of PA) doesnt care about us in Moosic never have never will they make me sick! Not only is there nothing to do in this ghost town but now theres no way out basically. PA better step up were slackin and im ashamed to be a part of this state and borough of Moosic anymore lived here for 22yrs and im only 25 its like im a lifetime prisoner in this hell hole. Stop pocketing our money and so something useful with it or one day karma will make sure youre all broke and alone in the grave you dug yourself. Ignoramus selfish suit and tie scum

  • RJ

    Absolutly outragous! Maybe if the state cared enough to check all the bridges years ago like they were supposed to this couldve been avoided but no lets just not care about our state the people that run this placs makecme sick! I live in Moosic i have my whole life and this place has always been a forgotten town theres more than just bridges wrong maybe if we built somethin productive instead of a stupid main st

  • Rich

    Ok so the main street bridge has been out for a couple of years now, and while that bridge is still in the design phase they are planing construction on the detour route? What idiot decided that? Whoever decided that one should be fired. What’s gonna happen in an emergency situation like a fire or something? A house will completely burn to ashes before a truck can get to it. Like I said whomever decided on this project is an idiot

  • Susan Dakun

    Moosic is all but forgotten. Taht Main Street bridge shut down has hurt many many businesses. Three years later, no work has begun! This is sad, my sympathies to the Moosic residents and the Moosic/Old Forge businesses affected. Now to clog up heavily traveled Birney Ave? When there is an accident on route 81, this is the alternate route, good Lord, what a mess it will be!!!

    • Todd Reeder

      The woman who owns the shop says business has been down 50% since the bridge closure. I hope she goes to the commissioners meeting and demands the replace it now. I would buy one of her tuna subs if i lived close by.

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